Runners hope to give others a second chance for organ donation

As part of Organ Donor Awareness Month the Tenth Annual Second Chance Run for Organ Donation Awareness is Saturday on the Utah State University campus.

Same day $20 registration is at 8 am.

“At 9:00 we will have a run around campus, starting and finishing east of the HPER Building,” said organizing committee member Patience Fisher. “Parking is free in the parking terrace across the street.

“It is a fun event, walk or run or stroll or whatever is good for you. It is a 5K and we do have official timing for those who want to get out for their first 5K this spring. It is a great day to spread awareness.”

Guest speaker, following the race, is Aggie basketball player Danny Berger who got a second chance at life after he collapsed at practice when his heart stopped.

“He is a friend of one of the families that works with us. His story is much like those whose lives are changed by organ donation when someone is given a second chance at life through the kindness of others.”

In life it can seem as if most people we know are registered as organ donors but there are still many names on lists of those needing an organ donation.

“That is true, we feel everyone we know is a donor. However, there are people dying every day who do not receive an organ. We remember hearing the story of the great athlete, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears. He was in his 40s and he was on the waiting list but he never did receive an organ.”

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