19th Annual Race to Raise Awareness of the Gift of Life Donor Program - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on March 28, 2014

19th Annual Race to Raise Awareness of the Gift of Life Donor Program

Organ donor awareness running team

Team CKHS shows their support for organ

In honor of Organ Donor Awareness month, Crozer-Keystone is teaming up with The Gift of Life Donor Program and the Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

The Health and Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to support the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. The Gift of Life Donor Program is a non-profit organization that serves the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region. This group is responsible for maximizing the availability of organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.

The Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness is their 19th annual 3K walk/5K or 10K run, which is designed to promote organ and tissue awareness. The event is set to take place on Sunday, April 13 at 8 a.m., starting at the Philadelphia Art Museum. All proceeds support programs that educate the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation. This event draws participants such as transplant candidates, transplant recipients and family members, hospital personnel, donor family members and the general public.

Last year, Crozer-Keystone’s team — Team CKHS: Saving Lives, Promoting Life — was sixth place in the region and raised $8,472, making them the top team for dollars raised. CKHS had 49 walkers/runners participating in the race, and two employees running in the 10K race placed in the top three for their age group. More than 9,000 individuals participated in the race overall. A luncheon was held on Feb. 21 recognizing last year’s champions and launching the campaign for 2014, which marks the fifth year Crozer-Keystone has participated in the Gift of Life Donor Program.

More than 110,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, more than 6,400 people in this region alone are currently waiting for an organ transplant.  

How can you get involved? Becoming a donor can be a difficult decision, but your gift can help more than 50 people on the donor registration list. Signing up only takes a few minutes. You must confirm your decision each and every time you renew your license or non-driver ID, so the choice is always yours.

For more information on the donor program or to register for the Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness visit: http://2014donordash.kintera.org/teamckhs.  

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