More than 700 people show up for Lucky Kidney Run

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 700 people showed up downtown Saturday morning for the Lucky Kidney Run.

The 6K race raised more than $30,000 for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.

The event, in only its third year, has become one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization.

Katie Martin, East Tennessee Kidney Foundation Executive Director, says a lot of the money goes toward helping lower-income dialysis patients get to and from their appointments.

"We also have a dental assistance program that helps people get the care they need to be cleared for the kidney transplant waiting list," she said. "We also have a nutritional supplement program. We help 1,400 patients a year with that."

The race aligns with Kidney Awareness Month. The organization also uses the event to remind people about the importance of kidney health.

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