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Rich volunteers for new lungs
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RELAY WALK 2008 DEDICATION TO SHAWN, RICH, CAROLYN

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 and two-year-old Katalina Thang who waited for organ donors. On February 5, 2006, Gilda received two kidneys. On September 4, 2006, Katalina received a new heart and lungs from a three-day-old baby. The 2007 and 2008 Relay Walks are dedicated to Shawn Stockwell who waits for a new heart.

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.

RICH'S SPECIAL TRIATHLON
While preparing for his fifth triathlon in 1990, Rich Clarke of Redwood City became short of breath and was found to have pulmonary fibrosis. With deteriorating lungs, Rich trained harder and continued competing until his his last 10K in 1995. While the Lung Distance Runners from United Airlines ran 199 miles for their beloved boss during The Relay 2007, Rich volunteered at Exchange 24. Within 12 hours of volunteering on May 6, 2007, Rich's final leg of his most important triathlon occurred when a donor was found and Rich received new lungs. While the Lung Distance Runners run again for Rich in 2008, Rich will lead the Lung Distance Walkers 128 miles from Marin to Santa Cruz.

CAROLYN PROVIDES SPECIAL EDUCATION
In 1999 at age 40, Carolyn Langford of Concord, CA, learned that she had Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. As an avid hiker and special education teacher (for 24 years), Carolyn "did not have time for a disease." Carolyn's sister, Ellen, ran in the 2001-2003 Relays before passing in 2004. In 2007, Carolyn walked on the Flaming Calla Lilies, captained by her sister, Maggie. To provide special education regarding the lack of organ donors, Carolyn will again walk 128 miles with the Calla Lilies in 2008.

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 1997-2007, the ORU Kiddie Pede (ages 1-15) ran to victory in the Bay to Breakers.

DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL WISHES REGARDING ORGAN DONATION WITH YOUR FAMILY
Solicit online donations, seek per mile pledges and request tax deductible matching funds from your employer for Organs 'R' Us, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID 94-3333306. Raise $7,200 (or donate an organ!) to enter a free team.

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

 
   
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