DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, NICK, CONNOR, CORA, LUCA, BEN, DAVID
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 RAN A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
When she was eleven days old, Katie Grace Groebner (born 7/16/02) 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 transplant, the Groebners moved to Clayton, CA, in 2008 for treatment at Stanford Hospital. After cheering at the GGR finish for six years, Katie Grace received a new heart and lungs on June 14, 2014 and was able to blow bubbles through a straw.
NICK DOES NOT MISS A STEP
After running with the Google 1 winning team in 2012, Nick Shelton (born 1/5/86 in Macon, GA), crossed the GGR finish on May 4, 2014 with his new team, the Kidney Garden Heros. On May 9, Nick donated a kidney in Atlanta, GA to his brother Alex (born 11/6/93) who suffers from Alport's Disease. Nick's gift allowed Alex to continue studying business administration at the University of Georgia. Although he lost 25 pounds, Nick was able to run a 10K on July 4, 2014. In the 2015 GGR, Nick's team, Google Gives, will dedicate their run to Alex.
HE'S BACK! CONNOR RETURNS AFTER 13 YEARS
When he was three weeks old, Connor Cheney (born 3/21/99) of Penryn, CA was hospitalized with biliary atresia. With his liver failing, Connor's condition worsened until a liver transplant on 8/19/99 saved his life. In 2001 and 2002, Connor's Feet, with his parents and friends crossed the finish of the GGR. Connor enjoys trapshooting and the saxaphone. After winning four medals at the 2014 Transplant Games of America, Connor will add to his medal count when he crosses the finish of the 2015 GGR with Impacting Soles.
CORA, LITTLE LIONHEART (November 6, 2012 - July 16, 2013)
After undergoing surgery when she was a week old, Cora Vivienne Bousquet was 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, team Shin Splints returns for their twelvth GGR.
LUCA BEATS THE ODDS
When he was 18 months old, Luca Salcone (born 6/10/09) of Folsom, CA, developed liver failure. Luca's condition deteriorated until a liver transplant on 12/11/10 saved his life. Luca is a charmer who loves giraffes, gym class and the park. Luca will cross the finish with his mom, dad and sister on Team Donate Life.
BEN RUNS CODE THREE
When he was two, Ben Thornton (born 10/5/02) 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.
DAVID NEVER MISSES A BEAT
Although David Rozelle (born 10/10/37 in Toledo, OH) sustained a heart attack in 1984, he continued to win teaching awards as a Professor of Accountancy at Western Michigan University. After heart surgery in 1995, David's heart began to fail until October 15, 2001, when he received the heart of a 17-year-old car accident victim. While one of David's former students, Lori Keisic, and team Yo Taxi run in his honor, David will travel from Michigan to volunteer for the fourth year.
ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY PROMOTING ORGAN 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.
HELP SAVE 18 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERYDAY WAITING FOR ORGANS
In the long run, organ donation saves lives.