Every year, the Stanford Running Club runs the Golden Gate Relay, a 12-person, 187-mile race from Napa Valley to Santa Cruz. And every year, we raise money to help support 125,000 Americans waiting for organs.
This year we are running and raising money in honor of my brother, Chris, whose life was saved by an organ donation.
Chris was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was 7 months old. He relapsed after 9 months of chemotherapy and was in need of a bone marrow donor to save his life. Chris' life hung in the balance, while the doctors searched desperately for a donor. Just before his 2nd birthday, Chris received the gift of a life-saving bone-marrow transplant. Today, Chris is a thriving 27 year-old. He recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with his bachelor's degree and is currently working at one of Oklahoma's top employers. He enjoys cycling, reading, and finding new restaurants. His positivity is an inspiration to all who meet Chris. Quick with a joke or a funny story, Chris enjoys bringing laughter to others. Had it not been for the courageous woman who so generously donated her bone-marrow, Chris would not be alive today.