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Hundreds walk to stomp out diabetes

11:21 PM, Nov 4, 2012   |    comments
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Hundreds of people walked in downtown Knoxville to raise awareness and money for those affected by diabetes.

The East Tennessee Office of the American Diabetes Association hosted the "Knoxville Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes" in the World's Fair Park on Sunday.

Organizers, like Erin Morgan, said their two main goals are to raise money and awareness.

"Diabetes is a disease that's ever present. It's always with you," said Morgan. "So we'd like to reach out to the people in the area who have diabetes to let them know they're not alone."

According to the East Tennessee Office of the American Diabetes Association, 26 million Americans have diabetes, and 25,000 of those people live right here in Knoxville.

Erin Morgan said she hopes to raise $114,000 through Sunday's event. She said this money will go towards funding diabetes research and education for families.

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