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By Max Erikson

It's a long wait for a kidney


February 28, 2018

Goldendale resident Joanne Davenport has been struggling with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) for many years and is currently one of the 100,000 people nationwide on a waiting list that one day could provide a donated kidney to save her life.

PKD is a hereditary disease that causes numerous fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys. As the cysts grow, it damages the kidney function to the point of kidney failure, also known as renal disease. Kidneys are the organs in the body that filter blood, maintain healthy fluid levels, help make red blood cells, and help keep blood pressure under control.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 600,000 people in the United States are currently...

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