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NICHOLAS GREEN
CONNOR CHENEY
WILMER PEREIRA

 

2002 DEDICATION TO NICHOLAS GREEN

Through Organs ‘R’ Us, The Relay promotes donation. The transfer of the baton from runner to runner symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. The 1997 and 1998 Relays were dedicated to three-year-old Delaney Corbitt who waited since birth for a kidney transplant. The 1999 and 2000 Relays were dedicated to Paul McVetty who waited in vain four years for a liver. The 2001 and 2002 Relays are dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Green.

WE REMEMBER NICHOLAS
On September 29, 1994, Reg and Maggie Green of Sonoma County were vacationing when attacked on a highway in Southern Italy. As Reg tried to outrun masked gunmen, seven-year-old Nicholas was shot while asleep in the back of the car. Reg and Maggie donated Nicholas' organs to seven Italians as documented in Reg's book, "The Nicholas Effect" and the CBS movie “Nicholas’ Gift” starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

THE NICHOLAS EFFECT
As the Green’s watched ice coolers loaded into ambulances, they had no idea what would result from their boy’s gift to the world. As all mourned, the Green’s received a gold medal from Italy’s President and appeared on television educating nations on organ donation.

“With more than 80,000 Americans, many of them children, waiting for organs, this race, will serve as a reminder about the importance of donated organs," explains Reg Green. "Since half of the commitments to donate organs are rescinded by family members when a potential donor dies, family discussions are necessary to solve this acute shortage."

ORGANS 'R' US RELAYS
the message by generating $15 million in publicity promoting donation through athletics. From 1997 - 2001, Captain Kelly Olmo (age 14) led the Organs ‘R’ Us Kiddie Pede to victory in the Bay to Breakers and other events.

CONNOR (AGE 3) INSPIRES
returning Sacramento runners. "Connor received a liver when he was four months and represents 2,500 children waiting for organs," explains Tim Cheney, Connor's father and captain of "Connor's Feet."

WILMER WAITS (UPDATE: WILMER RECEIVED A KIDNEY ON SEPT. 25, 2002)
and will not run with the San Francisco Frontrunners team which he captains. "I ran the New York Marathon in 1999, but now I train daily to face a life threatening illness," explains Wilmer. The Frontrunners are raising money to bring Wilmer's brother from Venezuela to donate a kidney.

SAVE A LIFE
by discussing organ donation with your family. Seek per mile pledges and ask your company to match your entry fee with a tax deductible donation to Organs ‘R’ Us. Encourage beginners to raise $1,000 in the Organs 'R' Us "Learn to Run, Save a Life" training program.

AND WE REMEMBER...
the 16 Americans who die everyday waiting for organs.

 
   
   
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