Organ donation focus of annual LifeLink Walk for Life

"Daddy” Kevin, “Mommy” Melissa and kind-of-interested 1-year-old John Henry Hickman of Albany stretch before Saturday’s LifeLink Walk for Life. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)
ALBANY — Some 150 or so walkers warmed up to the strains of Michael Jackson and Vicky Leister’s hard-core Zumba instruction Saturday morning prior to the start of the seventh LifeLink Walk for Life, an event held to celebrate National Donate Life Month and to recognize individuals and families who have been touched by organ donation.

“We hold the Walk for Life to stress the importance of organ donation in our community,” LifeLink Georgia Education Specialist Carla Hawkins said before the start of Saturday’s walk/health fair at the Albany State University West Campus. “I’ve been involved with LifeLink for eight years, and I’ve always been fascinated by the work they do. But when you have the opportunity to see your own family affected, it really brings things close to home.”

The free event featured health screenings, vendors with information about such organizations as NAMI and the Albany Twin Storm (A2) Relief nonprofit, prizes, school competitions and a general celebration of life. Continue reading
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