DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, NICK, MEGAN AND DOROTHY
THROUGH ORGANS R US (ORU), THE GOLDEN GATE RELAY (GGR)
supports 125,000 Americans waiting for organs by promoting the need for donors. Since 1995, the transfer of the baton from runner to runner has symbolized the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.
KATIE GRACE (7/16/02–12/25/15) RAN A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
After Katie Grace Groebner of Mankato, MN, developed pulmonary hypertension, her family moved to Clayton, CA, in 2008 for treatment at Stanford Hospital. On 6/14/14, Katie Grace received a new heart and lungs and was able to blow bubbles through a straw. Although her heart was strong, Katie Grace's lungs failed before a second donor became available. After bringing joy to the GGR finish for seven years, Katie Grace cheers from above.
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 5/4/14 with Google Gives. On 5/9/14, Nick donated a kidney 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 7/4/14. Since 2016, Nick's team and team Triage from Atlanta dedicate their runs to Alex.
MEGAN (Lamagna) GRECO (5/3/89–5/19/12) KEEPS GIVING
As a loving wife and mother (to Gianna born 3/2/10), Megan (born in Valley Springs, CA) gave to others especially her Uncle Bill Piper who received kidney transplants on 2/22/03 and 3/2/17. On 5/2/12, Megan’s sister, Tayler promoted organ donation while running on team STD (Self Torturing Dummies). After an intracerebral hemorrhage on 2/12/12, Megan continued her devotion to others by saving six lives through organ donation. Megan’s family runs in her memory with Uncle Bill volunteering or running on STD since 2009.
DOROTHY KINIRIS (9/8/45–9/23/11) IS WHAT SHE SAID
After moving to San Francisco from Romania at age four, Dorothy Anastasiou, married Pandelis Kiniris in 1967. After receiving a kidney in 1989, she regained her health, danced with her sons (Jim and Gus) at their weddings and loved her five grandchildren. Since 2010, Captain Jim Kiniris and team That’s What She Said have celebrated the extra years spent with Dorothy. During “another year of sleepless fun,” Jim solicits others to consider organ donation.
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.