PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - While many ran in Little Rock this morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event, here in Region 8, families joined together to raise funds and awareness for another cause.
Courtney Hollowell and her family ran in memory of her grandfather. "My grandpa, her grandpa, her husband, Les Williams, he was on dialysis at the end of his life and this cause is very near to our heart."
It was US Renal Care's second annual Caring for Kidneys run. 150 runners and walkers gathered in Paragould for the event.
Madeline Ziegler was also there running for a family member. Ziegler said, "She got her transplant three years ago so I came out here to run this with my dad to support my mom and everybody else who has kidney diseases."
Hollowell added she likes to run for those who can't. "Something I always think about when I'm running is running for those who are not able to because an able body is such a gift."
Hollowell also said that it doesn't matter how fast you run or how athletic you are. She said the focus should be the fact that you are healthy enough to be there for the experience. "I just feel inspired to think about the people who fight a bigger fight and all we do is walk and run for a few minutes. "
June Long, race director, said with the turn out today they should be able to donate nearly $10,000 to the National Kidney Foundation. She also said that runs like this help grow awareness about a disease that doesn't always get much attention.