Last year's club president accepted a donation to a foundation fighting a common disease called PKD.
 
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a cystic genetic disorder of the kidneys characterized by the presence of multiple cysts, usually found in both kidneys. These numerous cysts are fluid-filled, resulting in massive enlargement of the kidneys, and often damage other vital organs such as the liver and pancreas, and in rare cases can harm the heart and the brain. Globally, nearly 12.5 million people suffer from this common life- threatening genetic disease.

 
In April, Michael Hallahan, Past President of the North Haven Rotary Club, accepted a donation on behalf of the PKD Foundation in honor of his mother whose life was taken by the disease. The PKD Foundation website describes itself as “an organization committed to discovering treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease and improving the lives of all it affects.”  He said that PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure; that there is no known cure for the disease; and there is a fifty percent chance of passing it down to the next generation. 

 
Hallahan also explained that the PKD Foundation is solely dedicated to the victims of kidney disease and since 1982 they have raised $32 million used in searching for a cure. While thanking the club for the donation, he indicated that in addition to his mother, one of his brothers and a cousin also are dealing with the disease.

 
PHOTO: Mike Hallahan, Past President of the North Haven Rotary Club, accepted a donation on behalf of the PKD Foundation in honor of his mother.