Run for Life

by Melissa Brunner

A few months ago, I met a man who was making the best of life on the list, waiting for a kidney transplant. A few weeks later, I received an email with the fabulous news that he'd received a donor organ. Today, he is recovering and rediscovering life.

Saturday, I'll lace up my shoes and take part in a run which started to honor a woman for whom an organ donor did not come in time. The Run for Life started as the Winnie Hesse Run for Heart. Winnie was a popular elementary school teacher who died of congestive heart failure at just 49 years of age. The purpose of the run is two-fold: to raise awareness of the need for organ donors and to raise money to help families with the costs of receiving that life-saving gift.

I hope you'll consider taking part in the event. A free fun run for kids will take place Friday evening at Washburn University. On Saturday morning, you can take a two-mile (walk it if you'd like!) or ten-mile (team up to tackle it in a relay with friends!) route. Registration information and further details can be found at

If you can't make the event, make your wishes known. Tell your family and sign up for the Kansas organ donor registry so that, in case the worse should happen, you can live on through the gift of life.



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