October 08, 2016
BENEFITING: LiveOnNY, Inc.
ORGANIZER: LiveOnNY, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
This year I will be participating in my first New York Marathon with LiveOnNY in memory of a friend that I considered more of a brother to me, Casey Blanton.
Casey was tragically taken from his friends and family through an unfortunate act of gun violence, but left behind his greatest gifts; a second chance at life for others who were hopeful and patiently awaiting an organ donation. Through his selfless donations, someone was able to breathe on their own, see for the first time and feel their new heartbeat. There are other recipients who no longer need kidney dialysis or wonder if they will ever receive a second chance with a new pancreas. His gifts also motivated me to make a difference and become an organ donor.
Last October, I ran my first half marathon race and felt a wave of emotion as I participated with nearly 20,000 other healthy runners. During the race, I thought about Casey and his lasting impact and it made me more grateful for this precious life. By the end of the race, I came to the realization that I feel most alive when running and set a goal to run the next NY Marathon in memory of Casey.
I am running with LiveOnNY which is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York metropolitan area. Established in 1978, LiveOnNY is the second largest OPO in the United States, serving a culturally and ethnically diverse population of 13 million. LiveOnNY also strives to raise awareness, educate the community about organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage others to become organ donors.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible contribution to this 501(c) nonprofit organization. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.
If you'd like to know more about Casey, please feel free to check out his Facebook memorial page.
Registering to become an organ donor is a personal decision and I hope everyone will give it consideration. If you'd like to register to become a donor then please check out the following links.
For my New York friends - http://www.liveonny.org
For my Texas friends - https://www.donatelifetexas.org