Donor Alliance Hosts 11th Annual Donor Dash 5K Run/Walk for Organ and Tissue Donation  |  August 5, 2010

Run for Life Honors, Celebrates and Recognizes those waiting for Lifesaving Transplant

Donor Alliance hosted its signature event, the Donor Dash — a 5K run/walk to honor those who have given the gift of life, celebrate those who have received the gift of life and recognize those still waiting for a transplant. The Donor Dash was held at Washington Park in Denver July 18th.

The Donor Dash began in 2000 and has since evolved into one of the largest road races in the state of Colorado. More than 3,200 people and nearly 90 teams participated in this year’s event. Several hundred volunteers staffed the event. The generous support of 13 financial sponsors and 20 companies and organizations who hosted booths in the race expo, helped offset the cost of this year’s event.

There was fun for the whole family including a 5K run/walk, a 1K kid’s fun run and a diaper dash for toddlers under three. A special recognition ceremony was held after the race followed by a moment of silence and balloon release to honor donor families, recipients and transplant candidates. A Donate Life Garden honored donors and recipients with vibrant, personally decorated signs and flowers. Two hundred nine organ and tissue donors were recognized by name on the Wall of Honor.

“More than 28,000 lives are saved each year in the United States through the gift of organ donation, giving hope to the nearly 108,000 people in the U.S. and 2,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Jennifer Prinz, chief operating officer of Donor Alliance, the organ procurement organization and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. “Of those waiting in Colorado, 64 percent are in need of a kidney and one out of five current transplant candidates have been on the waiting list for five years or longer.”

According to Prinz, Coloradans are stepping up to meet the need and designating themselves as donors. In 2009, Colorado’s donor designation rate ranked as one of the highest in the nation with 64 percent of people obtaining or renewing their driver’s license saying ‘yes’ to donation.

“Each of the 542,670 Coloradans who registered to be organ donors last year at the Division of Motor Vehicles has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and heal more than 100 through the gift of tissue donation,” explained Prinz.

Coloradans can register and save lives as organ donors regardless of their age or health. For example, it is possible to register as a donor even after having suffered from common diseases like diabetes or cancer.

How to register to be an organ and tissue donor:
You can save a life by registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Register online at DonateLifeColorado.org; at the Division of Motor Vehicles the next time you obtain or renew your driver’s license; or by calling 1-888-256-4386 and requesting a donor registry form.

Courtesy of Donor Alliance

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