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Hundreds Unite In Charleston To Support Kidney Disease Awareness
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Oct. 13, 2012 6:16 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 13, 2012 6:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Hundreds of people walked in Charleston on Saturday afternoon for a purpose. A purpose that will go above and beyond to help fight a growing and potentially deadly disease.
"While its one of those diseases that people don't hear much about, it really is affecting this community and communities across the country," said Liz King from the National Kidney Foundation.
People from across the area united at the State Capitol to make strides for the National Kidney Foundation.
One in three people are at risk for kidney disease and one in eight actually have it.
Derek Hudson was diagnosed with a form of kidney disease in 1995. Since then, he endured two transplants and nearly 70 surgeries.
But on Saturday, he was walking in hopes of making a difference. "I hope I'm a motivation for people who have the disease, who are on dialysis and can't get up and walk. Just to show there's light at the end of the tunnel," said Hudson.
Hudson wasn't doing it alone. He walked along with his dear friend, Nick Richards. Nick donated his kidney to Derek when he found out he was being put on a donor list.
"It just kind of came into my mind and I thought I would just try it out and see what happens and just go with the flow and see what happens," said Richards.
Now Derek is walking and living with one of Nick's kidneys. They're building a bond that cannot be broken. "The friendship, the bond and just everything is an amazing experience,"said Richards.
With hundreds of supporters hoping to make a difference for people diagnosed with the disease.
nTelos presented the Kidney Foundation with a $10,000 check on Saturday. The walk raised $23,000 for the foundation.
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