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TEMPE 5K TO RAISE FUNDS TO COMBAT RARE KIDNEY DISEASE

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Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 8:07 pm | Updated: 2:06 am, Sat Mar 5, 2011.

Registration now open for Alport Syndrome 5K for Healthy Kidneys, April 3

 

 

TEMPE, Ariz. — Feb. 25, 2011 — Community members can now register for the 4th annual Alport Syndrome 5K for Healthy Kidneys, a family-friendly 5K run/walk scheduled for Sunday, April 3, 2011at the Kiwanis Community Park in Tempe. The event raises funds for the Alport Syndrome Foundation , a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that provides education, support and hope for families affected by  this genetic kidney disease.

 

“Our community has been so supportive of this event, and we are very excited for this year’s 5K for Healthy Kidneys,” said Sharon Lagas, Alport Syndrome Foundation President. “We encourage everyone to walk or run in the 5K again this year; it is a great way to show your support and help us raise awareness, all while having fun.”

 

Early registration for the 5K is $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under. Beginning March 20, registration fees increase to $30 for adults and $20 for children. Online registration is available at www.active.com. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt (guaranteed for first 250 registrants), a chance to win door prizes, post-race refreshments and entertainment. Prizes will also be given for top racers and fundraisers. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine. More than 250 runners and walkers participated in last year’s 5K for Healthy Kidneys, together raising more than $47,000 for the Alport Syndrome Foundation.

 

Alport Syndrome is a genetic kidney disease affecting an estimated 1 in 5,000 people that causes progressive kidney deterioration and profound hearing loss. The majority of those affected by Alport Syndrome are young men who require dialysis or a kidney transplant by their early 20s. The Alport Syndrome Foundation was launched in 2007 as a grassroots effort by two local moms to provide a support community linking patients, medical providers and the scientific research community. The Foundation has grown to become an international presence in outreach, education and research of Alport Syndrome, and in 2010 it hosted the first-ever International Alport Syndrome Symposium for Physicians, Researchers and Families. For more information on the Foundation and Alport Syndrome, please visit www.alportsyndrome.org.

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