Founded in 1996, Organs R Us ("ORU") promotes organ donation through
Of 110,000 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
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 the Bay to Breakers (the world’s largest footrace) in its 86-year history,”
San Francisco Examiner, May 14, 1997.
Winner of numerous races (transplant division): The Relay, Bay to Breakers, San Francisco Marathon Relay
(Runner’s World Magazine, Nov. 1997), San Francisco Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll 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 to attend the
Transplant Olympics and purchased computers used to register organ donors online. ORU has no paid executives, officers
or directors. (Jobs available. Salary=$0).
Runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters are invited to
ORU events including
The Relay, The 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
Since 2005, The Relay Walk has created hope for those waiting for organ
The 2005 and 2006 Relay Walks were dedicated to Katalina Thang, born 1/5/04, who
received a new heart and lungs and Gilda Vallente received new kidneys. The 2007 and
2008 Relay Walks were dedicated to Shawn Stockwell who received a new heart. The
2009-2012 Relay Walks are dedicated to Katie Grace who needs a new heart and lungs.