12 runners on team Yo...TAXI running 191 miles through 36 cities including Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge near midnight, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz over the May 4/5, 2013 weekend.
Why on earth would we do this?
In 1984, David Rozelle (born October 10, 1937 in Toledo, OH), sustained a heart attack that destroyed one third of his heart. As a Professor of Accountancy at Western Michigan University, David continued to win teaching awards until undergoing coronary bypass surgery in 1995. David's breathing became more difficult and he began waiting for a new heart on October 9, 2001. David received a heart transplant on October 15, 2001, from a 17-year-old car accident victim. Since then David has been actively involved in numerous organ donation awareness events including The Relay where he will travel from Michigan to volunteer for the third straight year. He also takes very good care of his new heart as a runner himself and has even represented the U.S. as an Olympian in the World Transplant Games - see related articles:
Therefore, we run in honor of David and the 110,000 Americans waiting for an organ donation. Sadly, 20 die each day before a donor is found. During The Relay, passing the baton to the next team member symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. Since communicating a desire to donate will allow grieving relatives to make an informed decision, ORU encourages family discussions, not about death, but about offering a life saving gift.
Thank you for supporting us on our little run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz and visiting our fundraising page!
In the long run, organ donation saves lives.