Mt. Shasta News | Gene Eagle
Photo: More than 120 green and blue balloons, the official colors of Donate Life, were ceremoniously released during McCloud's 2nd Annual Donate Life Run/ Walk held in Hoo Hoo Park Saturday. A hush fell over the crowd as they watched the ballons rise into the clear blue sky, and one by one, disappear from sight.
The McCloud 2nd Annual 5k Donate Life Run/Walk event held at Hoo Hoo Park Saturday was a great success, with a turnout almost doubling last year's.
“It was pretty fantastic,” said event organizer Amy Bourke.
Though 73 walkers registered, other friends and family members joined in to walk along and show their support.
Betty Devlin, 93, pushing her walker, was the eldest participant, completing a symbolic short walk at the start and finish line.
Devlin, who wears a pacemaker, says she “loves walking,” does it every day, and “was glad to support Amy.”
The event is held the last weekend in April in conjunction with National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness month.
Participant Butch Jones, age 68, of Montague is a heart transplant recipient. He suffered a heart attack in 1990 which resulted in severe irreparable damage to his heart.