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Local woman leads team to benefit research

A local woman is leading a team in an upcoming Portland walk to raise money for the PKD Foundation, which supports education and research on the life-threatening polycystic kidney disease.

The walk will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Lents Park in Southeast Portland.

Amie Griggs, a resident of Boring who grew up in Gresham, and her daughter have PKD, a genetic disease that causes the kidneys to fail and affects a reported 600,000 Americans.

Griggs and her team, Imperfection is Beauty, are looking to raise $2,000 in the walk as well as attract sponsors and participants, and to spread the word about PKD.

Griggs, 49, said there’s a 50/50 chance that people who have the disease will pass it onto their children, and there is no cure. Although she looks healthy, she said she is waiting for a kidney transplant and is getting ready to go on dialysis. She said both her kidneys are much larger than the average kidney, which is the size of a fist. She said there’s one treatment drug that has been promising, but without funding, the research could stop.

People who are interested in helping Griggs’ team can visit pkdcure.org, access the Portland walk and look for her team’s page under Imperfection is Beauty; or they can call her at 503-936-9217.

Griggs said checks, payable to the PKD Foundation, also can be sent to 11141 S.E. Ramona Drive, Boring, 97009, to help with the fundraising efforts.