2010 DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, COLE, EVA AND BEN
THROUGH ORGANS 'R' US ("ORU"), THE RELAY PROMOTES DONATION
Since 1995, the transfer of the baton from runner to runner symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to
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 weekly.
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.
COLE CELEBRATES WITH A DRINK
Before his birth (May 19,1998 in Lafayette, CA), Cole Combi's kidneys were damaged by an obstructed urethra. After
receiving a kidney from his mom, Carla, on June 2, 1999, Cole drank three liters each day to hydrate his new
kidney. Cole rejected his mother's kidney at age ten and began dialysis. Although a stranger to Cole, Warren
Heffelinger (also of Lafayette, CA) donated a kidney to him on March 23, 2009. Cole is drinking a lot and loves
chocolate milk and gatorade. Cole will run across the finish with team Drink Cole, which includes his two kidney
EVA NOURISHES HER SOUL WITH A GIFT
On her way to work as Director of Technology in March 2006, 40-year-old Eva Casale of Glen Cove, NY, learned
of a family looking for a kidney for their dad. Eva decided to save a life and donated a kidney to 58-year-old
Anatoly Potik in October 2006. "Helping others is food for the soul" says Eva. "It nourishes and
inspires us to be better people." As evidence of her good health, Eva has run 21 marathons and ultramarathons
including The Relay 2009 on team Women Seem Wicked. Watch for Eva as she crosses the finish of The Relay 2010 as
part of a two person 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. Since 2007, Ben has 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. Since 1997, ORU Kiddie
Pede children (ages 1-15) have run to victory in the Bay to Breakers.
DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL WISHES REGARDING ORGAN DONATION WITH YOUR FAMILY
Solicit online donations 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.