Oklahoma non-profit gears up for 1 Mile Walk and USATF Certified Race on November 3
Hundreds of participants will fill the streets of Oklahoma City’s Boathouse district November 3 to run and walk with a purpose to honor those who have received the gift of life through organ and tissue donation, remember those who gave the gift of life and give hope to thousands who wait on a lifesaving transplant.
The LifeShare Foundation is hosting their inaugural ‘Little Red Heart’ 5K Run and 1 Mile walk as they continue raising awareness and providing education on the importance of being an organ donor.
The event will not only include the 1 Mile Walk and USATF Certified Race, but will also be a family-friendly event with face painting, music and prizes. Each entry to the Little Red Heart run includes a t-shirt and lunch.
“The Little Red Heart Run is an incredible look into the many families and friends who have been touched by organ and tissue donation,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, President and CEO of LifeShare. “The support, dedication and hope for our participants, volunteers, transplant recipients, donor family and community partners is inspirational.”
The goal of the Little Red Heart Run is to raise more than $50,000 to support the activities and initiatives of LifeShare to help save more lives through organ and tissue donation.
Last year, LifeShare saved more lives than ever before making 481 transplants possible. Tissue donation also restored health to more than 59,000 people.
Today, there are 116,000 people waiting for a transplant across the nation, but one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others.
Online registration for the Little Red Heart Run will remain open until Friday, November 2. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 AM on November 3 at Regatta Park. LifeShare invites the public and media to attend.
The LifeShare Foundation supports the activities and initiatives of LifeShare to help save more lives through donation. The focus of the Foundation’s programs center around; awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation, support of transplant recipients, including those waiting and donor families, and research in donation.
To learn more or to give to the LifeShare Foundation, visit LifeShareOKFoundation.org