Team Mason planning new 5K on Saturday

Family and friends of a local man who died from a hereditary kidney disease will gather in Milligan Park on Saturday for a 5K color run/walk to raise funds for prevention.

Three years after burying her 38-year-old son, Mason, Denise Patton says there is more work to be done educating people about the risk.

“It’s a silent disease, and people just aren’t aware of it,” she said.

Mason Patton died in March 2014 from complications of Alport syndrome, which causes progressive kidney disease and abnormalities of the ears and eyes. He left behind a daughter, Stella.

The disease accounts for less than just a half-percent of adults with end-stage renal disease in the U.S., according to the Alport Syndrome Foundation. Less than 200,000 people in the U.S. are living with the disease.

Overall, chronic kidney disease affects 10 percent of the world population, according to the foundation.

Kidney disease kills more people per year than breast and prostate cancer.

Since Mason Patton’s death, family and friends- — dubbed “Team Mason” — have held a series of local fundraisers. Last year, the team raised $25,000 for the National Kidney Foundation.

The team is first in the state and 11th in the country for money donated to the foundation.

While it has participated in the foundation’s annual walk in Indianapolis, this is the team’s first 5K event in Crawfordsville.

The race kicks off at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 the day of the event. Participants are asked to register at the park entrance next to The Big Dipper.

For more information, call Denise Patton at 765-366-4629.

Donations can also be mailed to 2193 E. Overcoat Road, Crawfordsville IN 47933.