HIKE-A-THON TO RAISE DONOR AWARENESS
The Justin Coleman Foundation is sponsoring a Hike-A-Thon at Stackhouse Park on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. to raise awareness for becoming an organ and tissue donor.
The three-mile hike will begin and end at the park's Luzerne Street entrance, near the ranger station. This leisurely walk will follow several of the park's cleared roads and trails. The event will be held rain or shine. Individuals can register at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday to participate.
Powell Stackhouse Park will be the beneficiary of funds raised during the event with the foundation matching up to $1,000 of the general public's donations and walker pledges.
The Justin Coleman Foundation selected the park as beneficiary to support its initiatives in providing wholesome outdoor activities for children.
Hike-A-Thon sponsor/walker contributions and general public donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to: Stackhouse Park Hike-A-Thon for drop-off the day of the walk or may be sent directly to: James Pasco, Park Ranger, Powell Stackhouse Park, 998 Luzerne St., Johnstown, PA 15905.
Coleman was an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed biking, hiking and mountain climbing. He worked in the White House during the Clinton administration and afterwards served the Clintons as a special aide.
He was riding in the passenger seat of a car when it collided with another vehicle in Byron Bay, Australia on Oct. 17, 2003, He died 23 days later at age 27.
Coleman was a registered organ donor and his parents honored his wishes, immediately allowing for organ and tissue transfer to people who were desperately awaiting a donor. This simple act saved four persons' lives and improved the lives of 32 others. Besides using his two kidneys, heart, and liver, Coleman's corneas, bones of his lower body, and Achilles tendons were donated.