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2005 DEDICATION TO KATALINA, NANCY AND GILDA

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. The 1999 and 2000 Relays were dedicated to Paul McVetty who waited in vain four years for a liver. The 2001, 2002 and 2004 Relays were dedicated to Nicholas Green who donated organs to seven Italians.

KATALINA WAITS FOR A HEART LUNG DONOR
Although you would never know it from her smile, two-year-old Katalina Thang from San Jose has an unhappy heart. Katalina's short life began on January 5, 2004. By six months, she had endured three heart surgeries. In September 2004, doctors said Katalina would not survive six months without a transplant. A year later, Katalina has outlived all forecasts. As her condition declines, she waits for the tiny donor that can save her. "Team Dean" Karnazes will dedicate his solo 350-mile run during The Relay to help Katalina find a donor.

NANCY'S GIFT OF LIFE
As an Organs 'R' Us volunteer for ten years, Nancy has welcomed runners to The Relay start. She tells of being a heart donor and watches mouths drop open. She sends runners off teasing that she will complete her story at the finish line.

In 1998 while waiting for a heart lung transplant, Nancy arrived at the hospital to learn that a 57-year-old man would die if he did not receive the heart that had been found for Nancy. Instead, Nancy donated her heart to the dying man and received a heart and lungs in a rare domino transplant. "I am most proud of giving 16 years of life to Troy Evans," Nancy beams of her heart recipient who died in 2004 of kidney failure.

GILDA WAITS FOR A KIDNEY
In 2002, 35-year-old Gilda learned that her kidneys were failing. Although Gilda's body runs a marathon daily to survive, Gilda and her husband Raaj Gopal, work at Home Depot. To promote organ donation, Raaj will walk 128 miles solo in The Relay Walk on team "One for 128."

ORGANS 'R' US RELAYS THE MESSAGE
by generating $25 million in publicity promoting donation through athletics. From 1997-2005, the Organs R Us Kiddie Pede (ages 1-15) ran to victory in the Bay to Breakers and other events.

DISCUSS ORGAN DONATION WITH YOUR FAMILY
Seek per-mile pledges and ask your employer to match your entry fee with a tax- deductible donation to Organs R Us, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID 94-3333306. Raise $10,000 (or donate an organ!) to enter a free team. Raise $1,000 in the Organs 'R' Us " Learn to Run, Save a Life" program.

HELP SAVE 18 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERYDAY WAITING FOR ORGANS
In the long run, organ donation saves lives.

 
   
   
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