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Hundreds Walk to Stop Diabetes

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Nearly 400 people participated in this year's walk. Nearly 400 people participated in this year's walk.
RICHLAND, WA- Nearly 400 people walked Saturday to find a cure for diabetes in Howard Amon Park.

The Tri-Cities American Diabetes Association has done "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes" for nearly two decades to raise awareness in the community.

The American Diabetes Association reported nearly 29 million people in the United States have diabetes.

Event organizer Anne Sampson explained how walking can be a person's first step to help stop the disease.

“Walking is one of the best forms of exercise out there.  It's assessable to everyone.  It doesn't cost anything.  You don't have to join a gym.  You might need a nice pair of shoes, but that's about it.  Anybody in any condition can start by walking and it's a great form of exercise, so that's why we do a walk,” said Sampson.

The walk raised money for the American Diabetes Association, which raises awareness about all the needs of people with diabetes and researches how to better manage the disease.