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Shawn waits for a heart donor
Nicholas gave seven organs
Ana "got organs" June 14, 2000
Charlie waited for new lungs

 

RELAY WALK 2007 DEDICATION TO SHAWN, NICHOLAS, ANA, CHARLIE

THROUGH ORGANS 'R' US ("ORU"), THE RELAY WALK PROMOTES DONATION
The transfer of the baton from walker to walker symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. The 2005 and 2006 Relay Walks were dedicated to Gilda Vallente who waited for a kidney and two-year-old Katalina Thang who waited for a tiny heart and lung donor.

SHAWN'S BODY RUNS A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
When he was eight-days-old, Shawn Stockwell of Eagle River, AK had surgery for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. After five additional surgeries, eight-year-old Shawn and his family moved to Palo Alto in April 2006 to wait for a new heart. Shawn loves video games and his job filling soda machines at the Ronald McDonald House. Shawn also loves the Beach Boardwalk where he will cheer Relay runners and walkers.

WALKERS REMEMBER NICHOLAS FOR DONATING ORGANS TO SEVEN ITALIANS
On September 29, 1994, Reg and Maggie Green of Sonoma County were attacked on a highway in Southern Italy. As Reg tried to outrun masked gunmen, seven-year-old Nicholas Green was shot while asleep in the back of a car. The Greens donated Nicholas' organs to seven Italians as detailed in Reg's book, "The Nicholas Effect" and CBS movie "Nicholas’ Gift." Maria Pia Pedala, Nicholas' liver recipient, attended The Relay 2004, to give thanks to the boy that saved her. After attending many Relays dedicated to Nicholas, Reg (78) will walk for his son on team "Got Organs?"

BEING SHORT OF BREATH AT BIRTH HAS NOT SLOWED ANA'S PACE
Although Cystic Fibrosis caused chronic coughing and lung destruction, 35-year-old Anabel Stenzel of Redwood City never stops to catch her breath. With her lungs functioning at 20% capacity, Ana attended Stanford, Berkeley and worked as a genetic counselor. On June 14, 2000, Ana received new lungs from a 29-year-old Oregon man allowing her to travel around the world, run, bike and swim. Though chronic rejection has destroyed half of her new lungs, Captain Ana will lead her walkers on team "Got Organs?"

WHILE WAITING FOR A DONOR, CHARLIE STOCKLEY DREAMED OF HIS WEDDING DAY
and an active life with his fiancee, Margie. Although cystic fibrosis slowly destroyed his lungs, Charlie, of Livermore, CA, worked for Electronic Arts as lead sound designer and played drums in several bands. After Charlie was hospitalized in December 2006, his family prayed for a donor. Charlie passed away on December 24 and represents 18 Americans who die each day waiting for an organ donor. Charlies's family will cheer those walking 128 miles in memory of his successful and cheerful 38 years.

ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY GENERATING $25 MILLION IN PUBLICITY
promoting donation through The Relay, San Francisco Marathon, San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon and California International Marathon. From 1997-2006, the ORU Kiddie Pede (ages 1-15) ran to victory in the Bay to Breakers.

DISCUSS ORGAN DONATION WITH YOUR FAMILY
Seek per-mile pledges and ask your employer to match your entry fee with a tax-deductible donation to Organs ‘R’ Us, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID 94-3333306. Raise $6,000 (or donate an organ!) to enter a free team. Raise $1,000 in the ORU "Learn to Walk, Save a Life" program.

HELP SAVE 18 AMERICANS WHO DIE EVERYDAY WAITING FOR ORGANS
In the long run or walk, organ donation saves lives.

 
   
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