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Captain Maggie with trophy
Katie Grace from Mankato, MN
Raaj walks along the beach in SF



Kathy Groebner of Mankato, MN, Katie Grace's mom, 925.478.1977,
Shelli Lindsay of Sparks, NV, Kurtis's mom, 775.846.5465,
Jeff Shapiro, Organs 'R' Us ("ORU"), 650.508.9700,

2009 Defending Champion What's The Hurry Prepare For 129-mile Walk To Save Lives.
Walkers ready for America's largest organ donation event.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 1, 2011 - During The Relay Walk on April 30-May 1, walkers will start from the Marin French Cheese Co. and travel 129 miles on teams of 12 to the Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport promoting the need for donated organs through ORU. The transfer of the baton from walker to walker symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.

What's The Hurry finished first in 2009 while walking for Katie Grace Groebner who needs a new heart and lungs. The Flaming Calla Lilies won in 2007 and 2008 while walking for Carolyn Langford and in memory of Ellen Schlegel, both sisters of Captain Maggie Shephard.

Fighting For Kurtis (Teams 1 and 2) will walk for Kurtis Lindsay whose body walked a marathon daily to survive until he received a new heart in 2006. Six-year-old Kurtis will join his family and friends as they walk across the finish.

The Relay Walk is also dedicated to Donna Montana who will walk for the fifth time. Donna will lead Liver On The Edge on the fifth anniversary of receiving a new liver.

Ultra Walker Raaj Gopal prepares for his fifth solo 128-mile walk. Walkman Raaj won The Relay Walk in 2005 and 2006 while dedicating 128 miles to his wife, Gilda who received two kidneys on February 5, 2006, and Katalina Thang, who received a heart and lungs on September 4, 2006. In 2010, Raaj will walk 128 miles solo supporting Americans waiting for organs.

The Relay Walk is not about being the fastest. It is about doing the best one can for their team in a celebration of life and walking. While conquering as a team what few dare to face alone, walkers work together to meet challenges and overcome hardships during the 24-hour adventure. With music, food, full moon and glow jewelry, "California's Longest Party" is "the most fun 24 feet can have…in the best place on earth."

Organs 'R' Us was founded in San Francisco in 1996 and supports 100,000 Americans waiting for organs by generating $25 million in publicity promoting the need for donors. Through running and walking, ORU members showcase their fitness proving that transplantation restores health. In the long run or walk, organ donation saves lives.