Clevelanders have an amazing ability to come together and support things they feel are important, says Matthew Figgie, chairman of Clark-Reliance Corp. Figgie spoke at the National Kidney Foundation’s Corporate Kick-off Breakfast at Cleveland Browns Stadium earlier today.

Clark-Reliance, recipient of a 2011 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business, has proved Clevelanders can make a difference through the company’s extensive support of the NKF.

Rick Solon, company president and CEO, chaired the 2011 Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk, which raised a record-breaking $185,000. Clark-Reliance’s 162 walkers raised $2,869 toward this, in addition to the corporate sponsor’s $7,500 scholarship donation.

Figgie, recipient of a kidney transplant thanks to the efforts of Clark-Reliance as detailed here, will continue this spirit of service as chair of the 2012 Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk. The event will take place June 10 outside the Great Lakes Science Center, with a goal to raise $225,000.

“We can make the effort, we can raise the money,” Figgie says. “We have to get the word out, we have to educate people, we have to rally – because this is something that we can control.”

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