2014 DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, AIMEE, ELINOR, CORA, LUCA, BEN
THROUGH ORGANS R US ("ORU"),
THE GOLDEN GATE RELAY ("GGR")
promotes the need for organs. Since 1995, the transfer of the baton from runner to runner has symbolized the
transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.
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, she developed a heart murmur. After Katie Grace was found to have pulmonary hypertension curable
only by a heart lung transplant, the Groebners moved to Clayton, CA, in 2008 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 finish.
AIMEE DOES NOT MISS A NOTE
While battling multiple infections due to Cystic Fibrosis, Aimee Driscoll (born February 22, 1985 in Lewiston,
Maine) competed on a national level as a singer and taught life skills to disabled children. With only 14% of her
lung function, Aimee is no longer able to sing to her husband and son (Liam, age 5). Runners on team 65 Roses for
Aimee, sponsored by Second Chances Foundation, pray that a lung donor is found so Aimee may sing as they
cross the GGR finish.
ELINOR BRINGS HER MESSAGE TO AMERICA
When she was nine months old, Elinor Williams Reid (born December 12th, 1969 in Kenfig, Wales) developed an E.
Coli infection while living in Ethiopia. After emergency transport to London, surgery and medicines saved her.
Due to organ damage from the infection, Elinor endured many hospitalizations in Scotland as a child. In 2000,
Elinor began dialysis and the wait for a kidney donor. Friday the 13th became Elinor's lucky day as she received a
new kidney on May 13, 2005. To be part of Sponge Bob No Chance's 13th GGR team, Elinor is traveling from Ayr,
CORA, LITTLE LIONHEART (November 6, 2012 - July 16, 2013)
When she was a week old, Cora Vivienne Bousquet underwent surgery to repair a hole in her heart and correct a
narrowing of her aorta. Cora was later diagnosed with congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy and heart block.
On February 25, Cora began her wait for the tiny donor who could save her. On May 4, Cora's parents, Michele and
Jason, took a break from hospital life to run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz dreaming that Cora would be at the
finish with a new heart. Throughout her short life, Cora radiated cheer, inspiration and love. With Cora smiling
down from above, Michele and Jason will captain team Shin Splints for their eleventh GGR.
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 Teams Donate Life 1 and 2.
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 GGR finish with his team 911
We Run Code Three.
ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY GENERATING PUBLICITY WORTH $25 MILLION
promoting donation through the GGR 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.