Nonprofit to host virtual run advocating for organ donation - FOX34 Lubbock

Nonprofit to host virtual run advocating for organ donation

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A nonprofit will hold a virtual run to advocate for organ donations during the pandemic.

The Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run, hosted by LifeGift, is intended to recognize the life-saving benefits.

About 10,000 people in Texas are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, according to LifeGift. 

Lauren Quinn, the vice president of external relations for the nonprofit, said donating is a way to leave a legacy, and it has a positive impact on many people.

"When you donate organs or tissues to someone, you're not only just saving that person's life, but it's almost a ripple effect throughout the community. Someone's life being saved affects their family, their friends, their place of employment, their neighbors," Quinn said.

Across the country, she said the need is urgent. Twenty-two people die every day because there are not enough organs available for transplant.

"We know it's going to save these patients' lives. We know that an organ can save them, but the challenge is finding donors in time for people to receive that transplant," Quinn said.

The Lubbock 2nd Chance Run will be held virtually this year on Saturday, Aug. 1. Participants can run or walk 1 mile or a 5K individually wherever they are.

"It's donor family members, it's transplant recipients, families of transplant recipients and it's members of our community coming together to honor those that gave the gift of life, but also recognize and celebrate their legacy," Quinn said.

Quinn encourages Texans to join the Donate Life Texas Donor Registry. To register, click here. 

To sign up for the Lubbock 2nd Chance Run, click here.

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