Sawtooth Relay is a fund raising event for Racing Unlimited, Inc. which is an Idaho 501c3 non-profit corporation. Between the Sawtooth Relay and the Zeitgeist Half Marathon, we typically raise about $60,000 per year with both races.  This funds pilot research projects at the Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center to find treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disease that affects an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide. PKD patients develops cysts that typically lead to kidney failure.

The role of our research projects are to allow selected researchers to develop data to support an R-01 research proposal to be submitted to the National Institutes of Health. Essentially our funds are research seed money.

To date we have funded the following research projects:

“The Role of B-raf in Aberrant Cell Proliferation in Polycystic Kidney Disease”, Dr Darren Wallace

“Does Polycystin-1 Reverse Cystogenesis?”, Stephen Parnell, Ph.D.

“Calcium and cAMP Signaling Mechanisms in PKD”, James P. Calvet, Ph.D.

The Roles of Heart Polycystin-1 in ADPKD”, Xiaogang Li, Ph.D.

Prior to funding research at the Kidney Institute we donated our proceeds to the PKD Foundation. Since 2002 Racing Unlimited, Inc. has raised $511,000 for PKD research.

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