LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With umbrellas in hand, hundreds stepped out Saturday to stop diabetes.

Saturday was the 'Walk to Stop Diabetes 5k walk-run' hosted by the American Diabetes Association.

The event was held at Waterfront park and participants hit the ground running around 10 a.m.

About 400,000 Kentuckians have diabetes, and some were walking today for a personal reason.

"I'm walking for my 8 year old granddaughter who is juvenile diabetic. It means a lot because she means really a lot to me," says Pat Gutman, who participated in the event.

Organizers expected about 2,000 people to participate in Saturday's walk-run.

The event is was free to the public but donations were encouraged. Participants who raised $100 received a free T-shirt.

The event also had kid friendly crafts and games.

Healthy breakfast options were also provided.

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