The phrase “Vegas Vacation” means a lot of things, but for most visitors, it does not mean raising awareness of a disease.

Valen Keefer is using her stop through Las Vegas to raise awareness about Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).

PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening, genetic diseases, yet most have never heard of it.

There is no cure and no treatments available in the United States.

Keefer had both of her kidneys removed in college and received a transplant 13 years ago.

“This has become my passion of helping other people, so they don’t feel alone and go through what I went through,” she said.

Thursday is National PKD Awareness Day, so she and her family emblazoned their message on their van to help tell everyone who sees it that PKD exists.

Their message is one of hope with their chant, “PKD will not beat me.”