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Katie Ride for Life: Support Organ Donation

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EVENT DATE: Apr 12, 2014

Christina van Hengel


Although only 17, Katie Caples touched more people than most do in a lifetime. Her ultimate act of generosity was the decision to become an organ donor. A decision that would save lives – literally. Katie was driving home on April 18, 1998 from a March of Dimes walk in Jacksonville when she was struck on the driver side of her SUV and killed. She provided the gift of life to five recipients (age 9 to 62) and enhanced the lives of dozens more because of her decision to be an organ donor.

The Katie Caples Foundation was formed in 1998 following the death of Katie Caples. The Foundation is committed to organ donor education to increase the number of registered organ donors and eliminate the wait for individuals in need of a transplant.

The Katie Ride was created in 2005 to raise awareness about organ donation and support the Foundation’s education program. The ride provided an opportunity to create media attention and communicate the impact Katie had as an organ donor. The community embraced the ride and the rest is history.

The fully-supported ride caters to cyclists of all abilities and includes a fun-ride, 18 miles, 36 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles and an off-road option. In 2009, a 5K and 10K walk were added as another option for participants to support the cause. All funds raised through the annual event support the Foundation’s organ donor education program.

More than 121,000 individuals (and their families) in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. On average, one person in the US dies every hour due to a lack of available organs for transplant. And while 90% of Americans say they support organ donation, less than 43% are currently registered. 

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