2-year-old Kaylee Evans put on UK cheerleading outfit and does her part for organ donor awareness

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Vaught's note: I ran in this 5K today that helps raise money and awareness for organ donation. However, what made it even better was the special 2-year-old participant in her UK cheerleading outfit. Read about her at the end of my story.

JUNCTION CITY — The turnout was good and the weather was nearly perfect. Yet that was not the best part of Saturday’s Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life 5K here for race coordinator Stephannie Grooms.

That came just before the start of the 3.1-mile event when 75 percent or more of the 170 runners and walkers raised their hands when asked if they were on the registry to be an organ donor.

“That was just awesome. It’s such a selfless act to be on the registry ,” said Grooms. “To see that kind of support and then see so many here who had donated an organ or received a transplant was heartwarming. It could not be better. ”

This was the 30th year for the Junction race that started as the Railroad Days 5K before becoming the Dash for Life and now the Trust for Life 5K. Race proceeds this year go to help Kentucky patients in financial crisis through the Trust For Life’s Satterwhite Recipient Assistance Fund.

“It’s hard to imagine this is the 30th year for this race. This is such a great community and this helps so many people,” Grooms said. Continue reading