RELAY WALK 2011 DEDICATION TO KATIE GRACE, KURTIS, GRANT
THROUGH ORGANS R US ("ORU"), THE RELAY WALK PROMOTES
Since 2005, the transfer of the baton from walker to walker has symbolized the transfer of an organ from donor to
KATIE GRACE'S BODY WALKS 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, Katie Grace developed a heart murmur. In February 2008, tests showed that Katie Grace had pulmonary
hypertension curable only by a heart lung transplant. In August 2008, the Groebners moved to Clayton, CA, 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.
FIGHTING FOR KURTIS (Nov. 26, 2003 - May 6, 2011)
When he was five days old, Kurtis Lindsay of Reno, NV, had surgery for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. After two
additional heart surgeries, the Lindsay family moved to Palo Alto in 2006 to wait for a heart donor. After receiving
a new heart on December 7, 2006, Kurtis' blue lips turned pink for the first time. Kurtis loved his older brother,
EJ, and his dog, Karlee. After developing coronary disease in April 2011, Kurtis was placed on the transplant wait
list. Sadly, a heart donor was not available. With Kurtis cheering from above, Kurtis' Angels teams 1 & 2 will
cross the finish of The Relay Walk on the first anniversary of his passing.
GRANT RETURNS TO DELIVER THE ORGAN DONATION MESSAGE
In 1991, Grant Fullerton (born September 1, 1943 in Denver, CO), was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
While continuing to work as a school administrator, Grant began waiting for a liver in 2001. While Grant was sick
in bed, Grant's wife, Donna, thanked each captain for running at the start of The Relay 2003. Grant received a
new liver three weeks later on November 5, 2003, regained his health and volunteered at the 2004 Relay with renewed
energy. Although they moved to Austin, TX, to be close to their grandchildren, Grant and Donna are returning to
volunteer during The Relay 2012.
ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY GENERATING PUBLICITY WORTH $25 MILLION
promoting donation through The Relay and other events. Since 1997, ORU Kiddie
Pede children have walked to victory in the Bay to Breakers.
DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL 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 or walk, organ donation saves lives.