Truckee-ites participate in Donate Life Walk |

Truckee-ites participate in Donate Life Walk

Town of Truckee staffSpecial to the Sun

Vaughn Hartung/Community submitted photoThe Town of Truckee showed a lot of heart in the Sparks, Nev. Donate Life Walk. Bottom from left: Pacita Ravey, Brenda Lee, Judy Price, Laura Sexton and Ruth Geresy. Top from left: Bobbie Gifford, Kim Dalbol, Carol Dedmon and Donnie Dedmon.

When the walk started three years ago organizers created a team registration fee that was less expensive than the individual registration to help get college students to participate without breaking their bank. Now it has become a focal point of the walk. There is team T andamp; T that walks in celebration of Tracy Copeland, who received her lifesaving organ from Terry Snow 12 years ago. There is team Kara that walks in memory of Kara Kelly-Borgognone, the Nevada State Trooper who died on the job and her family donated her organs. There are many teams andamp;#8212; all with inspiring and emotional stories.This yearandamp;#8217;s event encouraged each team to bring a story board. The Town of Truckee employee team walks for several people, so the story board became a collage of stories from people we know. As we prepared for the walk this year one of our own Town employees was placed on the organ transplant waiting list; so Carolandamp;#8217;s story was added to our story board. Carol andamp;#8211; Life with PKDCarol was born in 1963 with a genetic disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), that has caused her kidneys to rapidly deteriorate called. PKD is a hereditary disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. When cysts form in the kidneys, they are filled with fluid. PKD cysts can profoundly enlarge the kidney while replacing much of the normal structure, resulting in reduced kidney function and leading to kidney failure. Carol, now in her 40s, has only 20 percent function of both her kidneys and is on a kidney transplant list Carolandamp;#8217;s day-to-day life has changed dramatically due to PKD and her failing kidneys. She experiences lack of energy, back pain and constant discomfort. In order to counter balance the effects of this disease, Carol has to monitor her blood pressure, eating habits, exercise and sleep. Carol has lost her mother, grandfather and two uncles to this inherited disease and hopes it has not been passed along to her two young sons. PKD is terribly difficult to live with, but Carol does all she can on a daily basis to challenge herself to continue as an extraordinary mother, wife and friend.We walk for Carol and the more than 107,000 other people currently waiting for a lifesaving organ. Please join us next year at the 4th Annual Donate Life Walk. Visit to stay up on all the news.