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PKD Foundation of Canada


The PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease) invited me to speak to their Toronto members and I interviewed Jeff Robertson and Matan Volach for my Journey To Success Radio show.

http://www.endpkd.ca/

If you live in Canada, PLEASE register as an Organ Donor here

About Jeff Robertson & Matan Volach

Before taking on the role of Executive Director in June of 2008, Jeff Robertson was actively involved with the PKD Foundation of Canada as both volunteer Chapter and Walk Coordinator for Toronto. He continues to be the volunteer Toronto Walk Coordinator and remains actively involved in the Toronto Chapter on a daily basis. Having been raised in a family afflicted with PKD (both his mother and grandmother have this disease), he learned at a very young age, the importance of self-advocacy, volunteerism and community involvement; three traits he still embodies to date which help guide him in his work within the Foundation.                        

Previous to his role as Toronto Chapter Coordinator, Matan Volach spent almost a decade in the food, health and wellness industries as a salesperson, a private chef, and a volunteer with various non-profit organizations. His mother and grandmother both passed away from cancer, and at a young age he started volunteering to help others. Matan found out at the age of 20 that he has Polycystic Kidney Disease, and at 30, now oversees the Toronto Chapter of the PKD Foundation. Matan has decided to spend the rest of his life helping others to achieve the best health they are capable of. He will be returning to school in 2015 to become a Registered Dietitian, while continuing in his role with the PKD Foundation of Canada.

About the Foundation


Our Mission: Promote programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease and improve the lives of all it affects.
Our Vision: “No one suffers the full effects of PKD.”

The Foundation had its humble beginnings in a living room of a private home in Oakville, Ontario in 1993, and has continued growing since then, to where we are today – at a juncture where treatments for PKD are truly and finally within reach. This progress made has been so great, that patients with PKD and their families have been given new hope for the future.

From our first $30,000 research grant awarded in 1999, the PKD Foundation of Canada has granted a total of $162,000 in 10 years and has budgeted grants for 2010 / 2011 of $65,000.

And that’s not all. With the support of so many, the PKD Foundation of Canada has:

  • Begun setting up Chapters and support groups across the country, to allow those afflicted with PKD, their friends and family to stay connected in the PKD Community on a local and national level.
  • Built an expansive and passionate volunteer network around our Chapters.
  • Joined PKD groups around the world to create our signature fundraising event – The Walk for PKD; raising awareness and funds for critical Canadian research into Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Today, the Foundation is the only national organization solely dedicated to fighting PKD through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. Our goal is simple – to discover and deliver treatments and a cure for PKD.

You can join our fight! You can help make a difference in the lives of 12.5 million people with PKD!


To learn more, click here for a complimentary information packet or contact the Foundation at endpkd@endpkd.ca or 1-877-410-1741



There is currently no treatment or cure for PKD, but there are more researchers, clinical trials and people pulling together to fight this disease than ever before.

There is hope – hope for a treatment, hope for a cure, hope for a long and happy life despite PKD. Learn here how PKD affects you and your loved ones.



To better serve you and your patients, the Foundation created several free PKD educational materials for your office and waiting room.

Please contact the Foundation by email at endpkd@endpkd.ca to learn what information is available.

If you live in Canada, PLEASE register as an Organ Donor here


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