Founded in 1996, Organs R Us ("ORU") promotes organ donation
Of 125,000 Americans waiting for organs, 20 die each day before a donor is found. Discuss your wishes regarding organ
donation with your family. Register online to be an
Organs R Us Awards
2014 Road Runners Club of America National Outstanding Volunteer Awards
2007 Silver Medal Jefferson Award from CBS 5, KCBS Radio, San Francisco Chronicle
2006 Jefferson Award from CBS 5, KCBS Radio, San Francisco Chronicle
2000 First Family Pledge Award from American Society of Transplant Surgeons
1997 Community Recognition Award from the California Transplant Donor Network
1997 “Most unique group to run Bay to Breakers (the world’s largest footrace) in its 86-year history,”
San Francisco Examiner, May 14, 1997.
Winner (transplant division): Golden Gate Relay, Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Marathon Relay (Runner’s World
Magazine, Nov. 1997), San Francisco Marathon, San Jose Half Marathon and California International Marathon.
ORU has generated publicity about the shortage of organ donors
worth more than $25 million, supported families facing life threatening illness, provided scholarships for the
Transplant Olympics and purchased computers used to register organ donors. ORU volunteers attend health expos
and lecture to corporate groups (on Training Well - running, walking, nutrition, drugs, supplements). ORU has no
paid executives, officers or directors. (Jobs available. Salary=$0).
Runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters are invited to
ORU events including
the Golden Gate Relay, the Golden Gate Relay Walk, Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon and California International Marathon. Other events have included the ORU San Francisco Zoo Luncheon, Packard
Children’s Hospital Transplant Christmas Party, ORU Day at the Tech Museum of San Jose and Mayorthon with San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
The 1996-1998 Relays were dedicated to
After Delaney received a kidney transplant in 1998, President Clinton signed a Relay shirt for Delaney at Stanford
Hospital while runners crossed the Golden Gate Relay finish.
The 2001-2004 Relays were dedicated to the memory of
who donated organs to seven Italians as documented in the book, “The Nicholas Effect” and the CBS movie “Nicholas’
Gift.” To give thanks to the boy that saved her, Maria Pia Pedala (received Nicholas’ liver) participated in the
2004 Relay, which was featured on four television stations, including RAI from Italy, in 18 publications including
USA Today, People Magazine and Reader’s Digest, and on David Letterman (March 16, 2005).
Got Organs? The 2009-2014 Relays are dedicated to Katie Grace Groebner
(born 7/16/02) who needs a new heart and lungs.