January 28, 2021

Dan Duchaine and Polycystic Kidney Disease

Dan Duchaine died on January 12, 2000 of complications resulting from polycystic kidney disease (PKD). He was 48 years old. While many anti-steroid crusaders would like to imagine that Dan’s PKD was the result of his self-experimentation with anabolic steroids, this is completely false. PKD is an inherited disordered that is passed down through families.

The National Kidney Foundation defines PKD as follows:

Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. These cysts are filled with fluid. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys can become damaged. PKD cysts can slowly replace much of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.

Shortly after Dan’s death, Will Brink set up a memorial fund for donations in honor of his good friend at the National Kidney Foundation:

Hello all. As you all know, Dan Duchaine died of complications related to Poly Cystic Kidney disease last week. Many people have contacted me asking if there was a place they could send flowers or donate money to charity. So, I have set up a special fund with the National Kidney Foundation under Dan’s name.

Those interested in donating money to this fund can send it to:

The Dan Duchaine Memorial Fund
c/o Steve Evangelista,
National Kidney Foundation,
129 Morgan Drive,
Norwood MA, 02062

Steve is the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation and can be reached at: sevangelista@kidneymari.org if you have any questions.

This money will be directed toward research for people who suffer from Poly Cystic Kidney disease and I believe are tax deductible donations. I have opened the fun with $250.00 of my own money. Please feel free to pass this email around to others who are not on my mailing list but may be interested in this info. If you have a web site, feel free to post this on your site and/or send it out to people on your own mailing lists. I will be contacting the magazines shortly with this info also. In all honesty, Dan would have made fun of me for setting up such a fund but I felt it was the best way to make sure he did not die in vain. I have to think if there were better treatment options for Poly Cystic kidney disease, the infamous guru would be with us today making trouble for years to come… Regards – Will Brink

National Kidney Foundation

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