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
|SOURCE Donate Life Run/Walk|
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