Running for a Second Chance: Houston Fun Run Offers Hope to Those Waiting for Lifesaving Transplants

Houston, Texas (March 16, 2016) – On Saturday, April 16, hundreds of transplant recipients, donor family members, health care professionals and donation advocates will gather at Constellation Field in Sugar Land to run for the 13,000 Texans waiting for a second chance during the Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run.

LifeGift, the local organ and tissue donation agency based in Houston and a Donate Life Texas organization, is hosting the event, which is new on the Houston running scene.  

Participants will run in memory of an organ/tissue donor, to honor a transplant recipient or as a sign of support for an individual waiting for a second chance. Transplant recipients and living donors also will participate.

The race, which began 13 years ago, has its roots in Fort Worth. LifeGift will continue the tradition with a race scheduled for May 14 in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards, in addition to the Houston race.  

“Since 2003, this fun run has symbolized hope for thousands of men, women and children who wait for lifesaving organ and tissue transplants in the Fort Worth area,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift. “We are proud to bring this event to the greater Houston community during National Donate Life Month. Despite less than optimal weather for our inaugural race last year, many showed up in support of our mission of offering hope to the thousands who wait for lifesaving organ, eye and tissue transplants.”  

The race will begin at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, and take participants through the surrounding neighborhoods.

For more information or to register for one or both runs, visit www.2ndchancerun.org.# # #

About LifeGift: Established in 1987, LifeGift is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that offers hope to individuals needing transplants in Southeast, North and West Texas. A founding member of Donate Life Texas, the organization that runs the organ, eye and tissue donor registry, LifeGift services 10 transplant centers and 200 donor hospitals. It is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). For more information, visit www.lifegift.org, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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