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Kathy Groebner of Mankato, MN, Katie Grace's mom, 925.478.1977, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelli Lindsay of Sparks, NV, Kurtis's mom, 775.846.5465, email@example.com
Julianna Tarca, Public Relations, GG Relay Walk, 707.480.7392, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Shapiro, Organs R Us ("ORU"), 650.508.9700, walk@TheRelay.com
Former Champions Slow and Steady and What's The Hurry Prepare
For 125-mile Walk.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 1, 2013 - During the Golden Gate Relay Walk on May 4-5, teams of 12 will start from the Marin French Cheese Co. and walk 125 miles to the beach in Santa Cruz 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.
ILP Slow and Steady finished first in 2011 and ILP 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, 2008 and 2010 while walking for Carolyn Langford and in memory of Ellen Schlegel, both sisters of Captain Maggie Shephard.
Fighting 4 Kurtis (teams 1 and 2) walked for Kurtis Lindsay (born 11/26/03) whose body walked a marathon daily to survive until he received a new heart in 2006. In 2010 and 2011, Kurtis joined his family and friends as they crossed the finish. In 2013, Kurtis will cheer from above as Fighting 4 Kurtis Angels (teams 1 and 2) cross the finish on the two year anniversary of his passing.
The Golden Gate 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 120,000 Americans waiting for organs. ORU has generated publicity about the shortage of organs worth $25 million and won numerous awards. In the long run or walk, organ donation saves lives.
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