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Organizers of the 2012 North Texas Walk for PKD/Run the Square 5K announced that the annual Children’s Walk in memory of Jace Glenn will be presented by Medical City Children’s Hospital.  The toddler, Jace Glenn, was born with the recessive form of the disease, ARPKD but passed away last month after a 3-year battle.

As part of their support for the event, Medical City Children’s Hospital also confirmed that WFAA Channel 8 has designated the PKD charity walk and run as a Family First “Day in the Community” event, helping to provide additional community awareness of the disease that afflicts 45,000 Texans and 600,000 Americans.

Each year, WFAA’s Family First program delivers four different North Texas-based “Day in the Community” events and sponsor-highlighted televised vignettes (airing throughout the year) featuring WFAA's on-air personalities promoting topics relevant to today's families.

“We are thrilled to have Medical City Children’s Hospital present the Children’s Walk.  As a true community partner, they have recognized that children enjoy this aspect of the event while learning how to be good community citizens.  And the designation as a Family First event by WFAA will create enormous awareness in North Texas for our event and cause,” said Sally Wilson, North Texas Chapter PKD Coordinator.

The Walk for PKD takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square.  Registration is free for the Walk.  The Children’s Walk in memory of Jace Glenn starts at 9:00 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk for PKD starts at 9:30 a.m. 

The Run the Square 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will take place at the same location. The 5K run will be organized by RunTIME Racing Services and will be a certified USATF course, chip timed, with full 5 year age groups and awards.  Register prior to September 19th and the cost is $10 for Youths and $20 for adults.  There will be a free pancake breakfast, music and prizes!  Visit www.walkforpkd/northtexas to register. 

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is the most common, life-threatening genetic disease.  PKD is more common than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and Huntington’s disease – combined!  Cysts grow in their kidneys and eventually the kidneys fail.  Dialysis or transplantation are the only treatment options for kidney failure.  There is no cure for PKD.

Medical City children’s Hospital is a specialized children’s hospital with an unwavering focus on patient care and offers world-renowned excellence in comprehensive pediatric services.

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