HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About 300 people gathered at Pride Field on the USM campus Sunday to participate in the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes.
The participants gave a $20 donation each to take part in the walk. Those that gave $50 received a T-shirt and those that gave $100 received a gift certificate from Belk.
Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions across the country affecting more than 26 million Americans, including 372,000 in Mississippi. More than 850,000 Mississippians are at risk of developing the disease.
Organizers expected the event would raise more than $40,000 for the Diabetes Foundation.