Hundreds of runners lace up for the Red Shoe Run

Rockford, Ill. (WIFR) Hundreds of runners braved the cold at Rockford's NIU campus Saturday morning to raise awareness about the importance of being an organ donor, as well as donating blood and marrow. The 5k run and fitness walk encourages people to become an organ donor, and to pay tribute to those who have donated to help save lives.

23 News' Mike Garrigan and Aaron Wilson bundled up to emcee this year's run. Every dollar pledged helps bring the Rock River Valley Blood Center closer to its goal of helping every patient find their lifesaving match.