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Katalina waited for heart & lungs
Shawn waits for a heart donor
Delaney, 1997 kidney recipient
Jim waited for a heart donor

 

2007 DEDICATION TO KATALINA, SHAWN, DELANEY AND JIM

THROUGH ORGANS 'R' US ("ORU"), 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 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. The 2005-2007 Relays are dedicated to Katalina Thang.

KATALINA (Jan. 5, 2004 - Jan. 11, 2009) WAITED TWO YEARS FOR A TINY DONOR
Although you would never know it from her smile, Katalina Thang of San Jose had an unhappy heart. After three heart surgeries, doctors predicted in September 2004 that Katalina would not survive six months without a transplant. After Team Dean Karnazes dedicated his solo 350-mile run during The Relay 2005 to her, Katalina was prepped to receive new organs but the lungs were found to be damaged. After thousands of runners ran 199 miles for Katalina in April 2006, Katalina received a heart and two lungs on September 4, 2006.

SHAWN'S BODY RUNS A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
When he was eight-days-old, Shawn Stockwell of Eagle River, AK had for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. After five additional heart surgeries, eight-year-old Shawn and his family moved to Palo Alto in April 2006 to wait for a heart donor. Shawn loves video games and his job filling soda machines at the Ronald McDonald House. Shawn also loves the Beach Boardwalk where he will cheer Relay runners and walkers helping him find a heart donor.

DELANEY SHINES 10 YEARS AFTER RECEIVING A KIDNEY
After waiting since birth (on October 26, 1994), three-year-old Delaney Corbitt received a kidney in 1997. While Delaney's family crossed The 1997 Relay finish, President Clinton signed a Relay shirt for Delaney at Stanford Hospital. From Livermore, CA, Delaney returns with team Organize the Planet ten years after thousands ran for her in 1997 and 1998.

JIM WAITED FOR A HEART DONOR
Jim Saunders of Philadelphia, PA, suffered a heart attack during an angioplasty in 1999. While waiting for a heart donor, Jim needed a left ventricular assist device to sustain him. The beloved Strath Haven High School French teacher passed away in December 2000 at age 55. Jim represents 18 Americans who die each day waiting for an organ donor. Jim's daughters Phoebe Simmington and Carrie Saunders will lead team Jogging for Jim 199-miles during The Relay. Jim's family, friends and former students will cheer the team from Pennsylvania.

ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY GENERATING $25 MILLION IN PUBLICITY
promoting donation through The Relay, San Francisco Marathon, San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon and California International Marathon. From 1997-2006, the ORU Kiddie Pede (ages 1-15) ran to victory in the Bay to Breakers.

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 $6,000 (or donate an organ!) to enter a free team. Raise $1,000 in the ORU "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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