CLEVELAND - It began and ended at the Great Lakes Science Center. Northeast Ohio's Kidney Walk focused on prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.
Matthew Figgie, chairman of this year's walk, has grown the event to be the fourth largest walk in the country.
Figgie, an eighth generation Clevelander is among the hundreds of walkers for the cause. Figgie received a kidney from co-worker Dave McKee. In an effort to "pay it forward," Figgie began spearheading the charge to fight kidney disease through the walk and many other efforts.
All walkers got a free breakfast and family-focused activities included Joe the Balloon Guy, face painting and many favorite Cleveland-area mascots stopping by.
Health Information was provided by a number of organizations and prizes were given to various fundraising levels and a completion for best "team shirt" and best "team banner."
Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans, with millions more at risk.