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ORU EVENTS - RUN, WALK, RIDE OR VOLUNTEER TO SAVE A LIFE

ORGANS R US ("ORU"), PROMOTES DONATION THROUGH ATHLETICS.
Since 1996, ORU has generated publicity promoting the need for organ donors worth $25 million. Join ORU in support of 110,000 Americans waiting for organs.

RAISE MONEY FOR ORU (independent of GG Relay) AND RECEIVE A FREE ENTRY TO
One More Life 5K (March).
Bay to Breakers (May).
Team Donate Life RAAM Ride Across America (June).
Sevathon Half Marathon/10K/5K (July).
San Francisco Marathon (July).
Sydney Marathon (September) and other races with Amazing Running Tours.
Rock n Roll San Jose Half Marathon (October).
California International Marathon (December).
Christmas Relays (December).

RUN OR WALK FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR FAVORITE TRANSPLANTEES:
Heart recipients: Robert Altman, Robert Casey, Dick Cheney, Jonathan Hardy, Eddie Large, Kelly Perkins, Jerry Richardson.
Kidney recipients: Steven Cojocaru, Natalie Cole, Gary Coleman, Lucy Davis, Kenny Easley, Aron Eisenberg, Sean Elliot, Ken Howard, Ivan Klasnic, Jimmy Little, Jonah Lomu, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Alonzo Mourning, Neil Simon, Charles Perkins, Billy Preston, Ron Springs.
Liver recipients: Greg Allman, George Best, Jack Bruce, Robert Casey, David Crosby, Shelley Fabares, Freddy Fender, Billy Graham, Larry Hagman, Steve Jobs, Evel Knievel, Chris Klug, Phil Lesh, Linda Lovelace, Mickey Mantle, Jim Nabors, John Phillips

TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS/CANDIDATES MAY CONTACT ORU TO RECEIVE A FREE ENTRY
to Bay to Breakers or Christmas Relays. Transplant families are invited guests to The Relay which includes lunch at the finish with a view of the ocean.

THE RELAY "California's Longest Party"
is the "largest event in the world promoting organ donation." Run (194 miles, Calistoga to Santa Cruz), walk (129 miles, Marin to Santa Cruz) or volunteer. 12-member teams run through 36 cities or walk through 28 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge. The transfer of the baton from walker to walker symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. Volunteer in the ORU booth during the run start in Calistoga, the walk start in Marin, the finish in Santa Cruz or along the way. Beach Boardwalk ride tickets are provided to ORU children who RSVP two weeks prior to the race. Transplant families are encouraged to consider a dedication.

Bay to Breakers in San Francisco
Meet at Steiner St. and Grove St. at 7:30 am. Children and adults are invited to walk 3 miles in the world's largest and wackiest footrace. In 1997, the San Francisco Examiner claimed the ORU Centipede was the "most unique group to run the Bay to Breakers in its 86-year history." Centipede members won tickets on Southwest Airlines for winning the Costume Contest. The ORU Kiddie Pede has a blast following the giant eyeball and delivering the "Gift of Life" message to 80,000 athletes. In 2002, Miranda Ashland (age 8) told Channel 7 viewers about her liver transplant at 6 months. Molly Ashland counted 92 naked runners and told KGO Radio listeners "we don't need those organs!" View press release.


San Francisco Marathon
Volunteer at the ORU booth, Fri., 11 am-6 pm or Sat., 9 am-6 pm during the Expo or run (26.2 or 13.1 miles) or walk (5K) on Sun. through the streets of San Francisco.

San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Volunteer at the ORU booth, Fri., 1-6 pm or Sat., 9 am-5 pm during the Expo at San Jose Convention Center or run or walk on Sun. through the streets of San Jose. In 2006, the Monica family - Martin (kidney recipient), Emma (kidney donor), Marina (kidney recipient) and Jeff (kidney recipient) appeared on NBC to deliver the ORU message.

California International Marathon in Sacramento
Volunteer at the ORU booth, Fri., 3-7 pm or Sat., 9 am-6 pm during the Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., or run or walk on Sun. from Folsom to the State Capital. Run 26.2 miles, 10K on the 4-person ORU Marathon Relay team or the 2.62 mile kids race.

Christmas Relays in San Francisco
8-11 am, Lake Merced, Lake Merced Blvd. at Sunset Blvd. Join Raaj Gopal and wife, Gilda Vallente (kidney recipient), Jodie Hang (heart recipient), Chris Domine (kidney recipient), Anabel Stenzel (lung recipient) and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes (lung recipient) on a 4-person relay team for a 4.5 mile loop around the lake. Don't forget your Santa hat!

Wishing you good health and chestnuts roasting on an open fire,

Organs 'R' Us

Thanks to our sponsors
NBC 11 (Lance Lew), KGO Radio (Sue Muzzin), Anomaly Design (Liz Scherle), Bay to Breakers (Angela Fang), California International Marathon (John Mansoor), San Francisco Giants (Bertha Fajardo), San Francisco Marathon (Peter Nantell) and ColorTone Digital (Jim Connor).

 
   
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