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Atheist Coalition Participates in Polycystic Kidney Disease Walk

By Heather Campbell

PKD Walk 2004: Ray P and Kara C with their dogs, Michelle W, Heather C, and Kate S PKD Walk 2004: Heather, Michelle and Kate PKD Walk 2004: Ray, Kara and dogs

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Sunday morning September 19, 2004, the Atheist Coalition participated in a fundraising walk to benefit the PKD foundation. PKD, polycystic kidney disease, afflicts over 600,000 Americans. Sufferers develop multiple cysts on their kidneys which can lead to the need for dialysis. This condition has been relatively under-researched, so the PKD Foundation held a walk to raise both funds and awareness.

The Atheist Coalition participated to demonstrate solidarity with one of our members, Ray, who lives with PKD, as well as to send a positive message about atheists to the larger community. Our club raised over 200 dollars for this good cause, and the San Diego PKD walk raised many thousands of dollars overall.

It was a sunny, breezy morning, perfect for a scenic walk along the bay! Michelle, Kate, and Heather represented the Atheist Coalition; Ray, his wife Kara, and their two lively dogs participated on their own team. (Thanks to Bill for taking some photos). There was live music along the way, snacks and drinks from Starbucks, T-shirts for all registered walkers, a raffle drawing, and prizes for those who raised the most money.

This was the first year for the PKD walk here in San Diego, and its success bodes well for a return next year. I thank those who walked and donated this year, and I encourage Atheist Coalition to participate in 2005!

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