LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Dozens gathered in Lexington Sunday at Coldstream Park to walk to raise awareness and money for kidney disease.
One participant, David Scott, put his life on hold as a doctoral student more than a year ago to wait for a kidney transplant. He said today that he has finally found a donor and that the disease is one that can go relatively unknown.
“So many people know nothing about it and I was one of those people until I had it. It’s probably one of the most undercovered widely potentially fatal diseases in the U.S.,” said Scott.
Organizers for the event said that it’s important for the general public to fact surrounding the disease.
“There are 30 million people in the United States affected by kidney disease. One in nine in Kentucky. Many people do not know it. So, events like this help create awareness, but also funds for research, and kidney screenings, and presentations that we do throughout the state,” said Scott.
Another fundraising event is scheduled for Monday at The Summit at Fritz Farm. It begins at 10 a.m.