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Fry Foundation 5K Run/Walk to benefit mental illness and diabetes

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

There's still time to sign up for the Fry Foundation Fall 2013 5K Run/Walk that will take place Saturday.

The event will be held at 8 a.m. at the Owens's Field Track, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. in Columbia.

The Frye Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the assistance of persons and their families that deal with diabetes and mental illnesses, according to their website.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. It is estimated that the cost of diabetes in the United States is $218 billion per year.

Mental illness affects 57.7 million adults over the age of 18; about 1 in 4 in the United States according to the National Institute of Mental Illness.

Founded by the University of South Carolina Head Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye and his wife Wilma in 2011, The Frye Foundation provides support for diabetes and mental illnesses in research and development, mentoring programs, and funding for scholarships for students that will major in programs that assist in the treatment, according to their website.

For more information on The Fry Foundation, visit www.thefryefoundation.org.

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