Roughly 5,000 Coloradans Expected to Participate in Washington Park 5K to Celebrate the Gift of Life


DENVER, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th Annual Donor Dash 5K hosted by Donor Alliance, the federally designated nonprofit that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and most of Wyoming, will take place on July 19 in Washington Park.

The Donor Dash is a 5K run/walk to honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrate the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognize those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant. Last year's event was the biggest yet with more than 5,000 participants. A similar turnout is expected this year. Nearly 200 teams will be formed to honor and celebrate those individuals who have been impacted by organ, eye and tissue donation, or participants can take part as individuals.

Following this year's race, a group of Coloradans touched by donation (transplant recipients, family members of deceased donors and living donors) will briefly share their unique stories of hope with the crowd. These individuals will be coming from all over Colorado and include:

  • Howard Cox, Del Norte: Howard was only five-years-old when he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, which led to chronic kidney disease that required kidney and pancreas transplants. Post-transplants, he is now diabetes-free for the first time in 52 years and climbs and skis summits in honor of his donor. Continue reading