2012 DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, LUCA, DAVID 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.
At age three, Katie Grace developed a heart murmur. 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.
LUCA BEATS THE ODDS
When he was 18 months old, Luca Salcone (born June 10, 2009) of Folsom, CA, developed liver failure. As Luca's dad,
Chris, prepared to donate part of his liver, Luca's condition deteriorated. After doctors gave Luca a one in a
hundred chance of survival, a family brought life from tragedy by donating their child's liver on December 11, 2010.
After two months in the hospital, Luca made a full recovery. He is a charmer who loves giraffes, gym class and the
park. Luca will cross the finish with his mom, dad, sister and Team Donate Life.
DAVID NEVER MISSES A BEAT
In 1984, David Rozelle (born October 10, 1937 in Toledo, OH), sustained a heart attack that destroyed one third of his
heart. As a Professor of Accountancy at Western Michigan University, David continued to win teaching awards until
undergoing coronary bypass surgery in 1995. David's breathing became more difficult and he began waiting for a new heart on October 9, 2001. David received a heart transplant on October 15, 2001, from a 17-year-old car accident victim.
While one of David's former students, Lori Houtekier, and team Yo Taxi run in his honor, David will travel from
Michigan to volunteer for the second year.
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. Ben developed 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 PUBLICITY WORTH $25 MILLION
promoting donation through The Relay and other events. Discuss your wishes regarding organ
donation with your family. Solicit online donations and request tax deductible
matching funds from your employer for ORU.
HELP SAVE 18 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERYDAY WAITING FOR ORGANS
In the long run, organ donation saves lives.