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Ken waits for a kidney.
Bernard had 2 bone marrow transplants.
Kurtis received a new heart

 

2018 DEDICATIONS TO KEN, BERNARD, KURTIS

THROUGH ORGANS R US (ORU), THE GOLDEN GATE RELAY WALK (GGRW)
supports 125,000 Americans waiting for organs by promoting 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.

KEN VAN OEVEREN'S BODY RUNS A MARATHON DAILY TO SURVIVE
After working as a nuclear power plant engineer in Florida for 20 years, Ken (born 5/4/47 in Cleveland, Ohio), worked in San Francisco for Ventex. When arthritis medications damaged his organs, Ken needed a new kidney in 2014. After helping others for 50 years as a firefighter, Ken will greet runners at the Dry Creek Lokoya Fire Station (GGR exchange 3). Santa Clara firefighters on Duct Tape & WD (23 year team) and Alameda County firefighters dedicate their runs to Ken. Contact Ken at kvo01@yahoo.com to offer support or a kidney.

BERNARD CONTINUES TO B.STRONG
During a life packed with Crossfit, triathlons, marathons and centuries, Bernard Llave (born 8/19/74), received a bone marrow transplant in 2012 from his sister, Maribel, to combat leukemia. After returning to athletics and his job at FedEx, Bernard founded B.strong to support others with AML. In 2016, Bernard received a second bone marrow transplant . Savoring each moment, Bernard rides, crews for his wife during triathlons and enjoys his puppy Frank. While crossing the GGRW finish, 24 San Diego walkers on Bstrong and Mission Possible will cheer for Bernard.

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.

 
   
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