2009 DEDICATION TO KATIE GRACE, ARNAV, STEPHEN AND BEN
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
1997-2008 Relays were dedicated to Delaney Corbitt who received a kidney in 1997,
Paul McVetty who waited for a liver, Nicholas Green
who donated organs to seven Italians, Katalina Thang who received a heart and lungs
in 2006 and Shawn Stockwell who received a new heart in 2008.
KATIE GRACE'S BODY RUNS A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
When she was eleven days old, Katie Grace Groebner (born July 16, 2002) of Mankato, MN, began fainting about once
per week. At age three, Katie Grace developed a heart murmur that doctors said she would outgrow. In February
2008, tests showed that Katie Grace had pulmonary hypertension curable only by a heart lung transplant.
In August 2008, the Groebners moved to Clayton, CA to began treatment at Stanford Hospital. Although Katie Grace
receives medication by vein 24 hours a day, she will cheer runners and walkers at The Relay finish.
ARNAV KALRA, San Jose, CA, May 12, 2005 - December 4, 2007
After Arnav was born without small intestines, his parents were forced to
decide if he should live or die. After six weeks of intravenous feedings, Sanjay and Shikha Kalra brought their
son home. Although unable to eat, Arnav had fun during meals feeding his parents, playing with his
food and cutting his birthday cake over and over. While providing joy to his family, Arnav survived infections,
liver failure, bleeding, a cardiac arrest and a small intestine/liver transplant on November 15, 2007.
For the second year, the Slow as Molasses team will run in memory of Arnav.
STEPHEN KENNY, NY, NY/San Diego, CA, January 24, 1935 - January 2,
After attending Columbia University, Stephen Kenny flew reconnaissance missions during the Korean War. After
founding several successful companies, Stephen moved to San Diego in 1998 to receive treatment for pulmonary
fibrosis and wait for a lung transplant which he received on August 20, 2000. With his "second wind,"
Stephen returned to walking, swimming and traveling (without oxygen) and was able to meet eight grandchildren.
Stephen's sons, Bryan and Marc, will continue their dad's mission to promote organ donation by leading the
Lungest Mile team.
BEN RUNS CODE THREE
When he was two, Ben Thornton (born October 5, 2002) of Santa Rosa, CA , complained of back pain and had difficulty
walking up hills. Doctors were baffled for months until a chest x-ray in March 2006 showed an enlarged heart.
Ben had restrictive cardiomyopathy and suffered a cardiac arrest in May 2006 requiring
ECMO for seven days. A Berlin Heart kept Ben alive
until August 3, 2006, when he received a heart transplant. In 2007 and 2008, Ben crossed The Relay finish with his
team 911 We Run Code Three.
ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY GENERATING $25 MILLION IN PUBLICITY
promoting donation through The Relay and other events. From 1997-2008, the ORU Kiddie
Pede (ages 1-15) ran to victory in the Bay to Breakers.
DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL WISHES REGARDING ORGAN DONATION WITH YOUR FAMILY
Solicit online donations, seek per mile pledges and request tax
deductible matching funds from your employer for Organs 'R' Us, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID 94-3333306.
HELP SAVE 18 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERYDAY WAITING FOR ORGANS
In the long run, organ donation saves lives.