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6,000 Southlanders to Join Sixth Annual Donate Life Run/Walk on April 26 at Cal State Fullerton
Date:4/22/2008

mbassador Julie Gideon-Smith, San

Clemente, who received a kidney from her sister, celebrates her 40th

birthday this month and will have her party at the Run/Walk;

-- More than 100 Orange County Sheriff's Academy cadets;

-- Team Ortega, in support of Ed Ortega of La Habra, who has participated

in every Run/Walk despite being on dialysis. Ortega has been waiting

six years for a kidney transplant; and

-- Nearly 3,000 donor families, each wearing a t-shirt and button

featuring a photo of a loved one who gave life in their passing. The

Buenos from Los Angeles, one of many donor families who make the

Donate Life Run/Walk an annual family reunion, will bring 113 people

to the event to honor their daughter Christy.

The Donate Life Run/Walk was conceived by event chairmen Kathleen and Craig Hostert of Fullerton. Kathleen, a former Fullerton elementary school teacher, donated a kidney to her husband Craig nine years ago.

"This has truly been an incredible journey," said the Hosterts. "We are so proud of how the Donate Life Run/Walk has grown each year. We are deeply touched by the families who have found the Run/Walk to be a meaningful place for their family reunion keeping the memory of their loved one alive."

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:15 a.m., followed by brief remarks from several speakers including Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk; Miryam Mora, executive director, Donate Life California Registry; and two donor families. At approximately 8:45 a.m., eight baskets of doves will be released by organ recipients and donor families. The Run/Walk will also feature a "Circle of Life" garden with 150 photograph-bearing signs honoring donors and recipients.

A post-race Family Festival will feature 75 vendors, carnival rides, radio station Movin' 93.9 and three performances of a BMX Professional Bike Show featuring five extreme sports stunt riders. A snowboard s
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