Albany’s Christine Boone is a member of the Transplant Trotters, a Portland to Coast team that walks in honor of donors. (Mark Ylen/Democrat-Herald)
Boone, 29, an Albany resident and student at Linn-Benton Community College, is competing in the 22nd annual Portland to Coast Walk Relay as a member of the Transplant Trotters team, sponsored by Donate Life Northwest.
An avid cross country and relay runner, Boone will honor her deceased brother, Terry, an organ donor, as she walks in the two-day event, which begins Aug. 24.
Each member of the Transplant Trotters team is either a living organ donor or a recipient or a family member of a donor or recipient.
“To have a group of transplant recipients, who have had health challenges, come together to be a part of this amazing team, is so inspirational,” said Mary Jane Hunt, Executive Director of Donate Life Northwest. “It's an amazing spirit they bring to this event.”
Coping with grief
Terry Boone died in 2004 at the age of 29 after complications with cerebral palsy.
However, his family designated him an organ, eye and tissue donor.
Terry’s heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and cornea were donated to save several lives.
Christine, who also lost a sister, Cassandra, to cerebral palsy in 1996, stopped running after Terry’s passing.