2015 DEDICATIONS TO KATIE GRACE, DELANEY, KURTIS
THROUGH ORGANS R US
(ORU), THE GOLDEN GATE RELAY WALK (GGRW)
promotes the need for organs. Since 2005, the transfer of the baton from walker to walker has symbolized the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.
KATIE GRACE'S BODY WALKED 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. After Katie Grace was found to have pulmonary hypertension curable only by a transplant, the Groebners moved to Clayton, CA, in 2008 to begin treatment at Stanford Hospital. After cheering at the GGRW 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.
SHE'S BACK! DELANEY RETURNS
AFTER 18 YEARS
Before her birth (on October 26, 1994), Delaney Corbitt's kidney's were damaged by blood clots. While she waited for an organ donor, Delaney's family ran as Team Delaney in the 1997 Relay. On August 29, 1997, Delaney received a kidney from seven-year-old Alexandria Cotti who was struck by a car while riding her bicycle. On September 20, 1997 as runners crossed the GGR finish, President Clinton signed a Relay shirt for Delaney at Stanford Hospital. Delaney is a Vocal Performance student at Notre Dame de Namur University and is joining her family on team Organ-ize the Planet for the GGRW.
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 surgeries, the Lindsay family moved to Stanford where Kurtis received a new heart on December 7, 2006. Kurtis' blue lips turned pink alllowing him to enjoy playing with 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 GGRW finish.
ORU RELAYS THE MESSAGE BY
promoting donation through the GGRW 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.