2016 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 (7/16/02–12/25/15) WALKED 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 June 14, 2014, 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 will cheer from above.
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. After Team Delaney ran the GGR in 1997, Delaney received a kidney on August 29, 1997 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. While a vocal performance student at Notre Dame de Namur University in 2015, Delaney walked on team Organ-ize the Planet.
FIGHTING FOR KURTIS (11/26/03 - 5/6/11)
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. Since 2010, Kurtis' Angels have crossed the GGRW finish with Kurtis cheering from above
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.