2010 Donate Life Family Fun Run Celebrates Maryland’s Organ and Tissue Donors and Recipients

On September 25, 2010, nearly 400 runners and walkers joined together to participate in the 2nd annual Donate Life Family Fun Run at Druid Hill Park 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.

Donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital partners, LLF staff and members of the general public were invited to attend. To add to the fun, participants were encouraged to form teams to run or walk together. This year, 34 teams were formed and for the second year in a row, Team Eric, a team formed in honor of donor Eric Sese, was the largest team with a total of 51 members. Team Eric was also the highest fundraiser, raising more than $5,000 for organ, eye and tissue donation awareness.

Team David, formed in

memory of organ donor David deSabla, was the second largest team at the event with 41 members and was the first team in the history of the Donate Life Family Fun Run to have a recipient walk on the same team as his donor’s family.

Michael Yater (2nd from left) and his wife (far left) with his donor's parents, Diane DeHaven (3rd from left) and David deSabla Sr. (far right) at the 2010 Donate life Family Fun Run.

David’s heart recipient, Michael Yater, proudly walked alongside David’s family the day of the run. Team David was also our second-highest fundraiser, raising more than $4,800.

“It was exciting to see the second annual Donate Life Family Fun Run grow to be just as successful as the first,” said Jennifer Gelman, director of professional education for the LLF.”We were delighted to see so many new faces at this year’s run, as well as many returning teams. It is always uplifting to see so many donor families, recipients, hospital partners and members of the community celebrating the amazing legacies our donor heroes have left. The day was filled with smiles and joy as everyone gathered to walk and run for such an important cause.”

Plans are already underway for the 2011 Donate Life Family Fun Run, to be held in September, so keep your calendars open!

“We have received a lot of very helpful feedback from this year’s participants, volunteers and staff and we hope to continue to see participation from many more members of the donation community and the general public in years to come,” adds Gelman.

Pictures from this year’s Donate Life Family Fun Run, along with race results and additional information about the Run can be found on the race website, http://llf.kintera.org/FamilyFunRun.

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About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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