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Runners help man in need of kidney raise awareness of organ donations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Runners came out by the hundreds Saturday to support a Pennsylvania man living in the Bluegrass.

Ryan Buffington has kidney disease, and is in desperate need of a kidney and pancreas. His wife, Bridgit, organized a 5K at Coldstream Park to encourage others to become organ donors.

"I'm a runner. I know runners, and I know that runners support a lot of different causes so it made sense," said Bridgit Buffington,"it's an overwhelming, amazing feeling. We obviously have friends here. We have neighbors. We have students from my son's taekwondo school, but there are so many people who found out about us through social media and just wanted to come out and support us."

More than 200 runners showed up at Coldstream Park Saturday, to support Bridgit Buffington's husband Ryan. Another 100 signed up to be virtual runners, raising awareness long-distance. So far, they've raised more than $10,0000 to fight kidney disease and encourage others to donate organs.

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