It is my fervent hope that my family’s stories will bring attention to polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and the progress made in the world of dialysis and transplantation during my lifetime. I honor those who have lost their battle with PKD; they are some of the people I loved most.  Their courage, faith and sense of humor taught me great lessons.  Each of them contributed to where we are today.  We have come so far in my lifetime, and yet we have far to go.  I hope to inspire, encourage and, most of all, remind us to cherish life.