Running for Second Chances: Fun Run Offers Hope to Those Waiting for Lifesaving Transplants
Laura Frnka-Davis, APR
LifeGift, A Donate Life Texas Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Running for a Second Chance
Fun Run Offers Hope to Those Waiting for Lifesaving Transplants
Fort Worth, Texas (March 11, 2015) – On Saturday, May 16, hundreds of transplant recipients, donor family members, health care professionals and donation advocates will gather at the historical Fort Worth Stockyards to run for the nearly 13,600 Texans waiting for a second chance during the Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run.
LifeGift, the local organ and tissue donation agency and a Donate Life Texas organization, is hosting the event, which is now in its 13th year.
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.
Clutch, the official mascot of the Houston Rockets will be one of those participants. Clutch will run in honor of his father, Paul, who received a double-lung transplant in 2012. Paul’s donor was Ian Heidemann, a young man from the Fort Worth area. Champ, the official mascot of the Dallas Mavericks, will run aside Clutch as a sign of support for his fellow mascot.
“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. “Each year, participation has steadily increased, demonstrating the community’s commitment to raise awareness of this critical health issue.”
The race will take place at in the Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 East Exchange Avenue (Packers Avenue and 23rd Street – Lot 914.) The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile walk/run will begin at 8:15 a.m.
For more information or to register for one or both runs, visit www.2ndchancerun.org.
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About LifeGift LifeGift is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization that offers hope to individuals needing transplants in 109 Texas counties in the Houston area, North Texas and West Texas. It is a founding member of Donate Life Texas, the organization that runs the organ, eye and tissue donor registry.