On October 5, 2013, more than 2,200 runners, walkers and joggers joined together to participate in the fifth annual Donate Life Family Fun Run at Camden Yards Sports Complex in Baltimore. The Donate Life Family Fun Run is a non-competitive 5k run and 1k walk to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation while benefiting The Living Legacy Foundation’s education and outreach efforts. Thanks to the support of this year’s participants, the 2013 Donate Life Family Fun Run was beyond successful, raising more than $70,000 in donations.
Donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital and funeral home partners, LLF staff and supporters of the cause were invited to attend. To add to the fun, participants were encouraged to design their own t-shirts to wear in remembrance of their loved one or donor. It was great to see so many people come out and support donation and celebrate the gift of life. We even had a local celebrity emcee the event, Michael J from WPOC.
An added element to the 2013 Fun Run was a photo booth stationed in our vendor village to capture all the great memories from the day. Every photo taken was immediately uploaded to our Instagram page. If you would like to see these photos please use hashtag #2013FamilyFunRun to relive those special moments. In addition to the photo booth, we had tons of other activities for our guests such as the community outreach tent, donor families’ tent, a kid’s area with games and face painting, “why we walk” area and team photos. As this event grows, we hope to add more activities to celebrate and honor organ, eye and tissue donors.
This year, there was a total of 2,223 participants and 112 teams.
The largest team was the “Evangers” who had 168 people walk in remembrance of Evan Casey, an eight year old who died in 2011 and gave the gift of life.
The Family Fun Run website is still open for donations until November 15th. Please visit http://llf.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1056176 if you would like to donate to our cause. After that date, official fundraising totals will be released.
Race results can be found here http://www.charmcityrun.com/raceresults
Professional pictures will be available soon from this year’s event and a link will be accessible on our website www.thellf.org.
Without the continued support of our donor families, transplant recipients, sponsors and community partners, we could not make this special event happen. As the event grows, we strive to provide additional support to donor families and continue to develop educational programs for the public about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. We hope to see you all next year for the 2014 Donate Life Family Fun Run!