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Hike and Seek for Research, dozens brave the wet weather to help children

Posted at 10:01 PM, Sep 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 22:09:16-04

Sunday’s wet weather did not stop dozens of people from taking a hike that helps raise money for children suffering from genetic diseases.

The second annual Hike and Seek for Research took place Sunday at the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Guests checked in, got a seek list to find items on trails, and post them on social media making them eligible for prizes.

All the money raised at the event goes to help researchers in Cleveland find cures for genetic diseases affecting children.

“It’s all for the benefit of Children’s Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. We are seeking faster cures for genetic diseases,” said Kim Scott Sowinski, the event organizer.

It’s estimated that one in 30 children have a genetic disease.

“Every single cent goes directly to research,” added Sowinski.

In 2015, the institute was conducting research on one single genetic disease. This year, thanks to the funds raised, research is being done on 18 to 20 diseases.