Second annual 5K helps raise awareness about organ donation

THE DICKENSEN PRESS | Sidney Mook

Recycling, it's something people do to try and save the planet. Recycling can help save forests and reduce the amount of garbage that is going to landfills. But that's not what the Recycle Yourself 5K is about, it's about saving others lives, even in the wake of tragedy.The second annual event brings awareness to organ, eye and tissue donation. Two families in Dickinson who help put together the 5K have been impacted differently by organ donation.

In January of 2013, Kevin Theurer, 20, was in a car accident that left him without any brain activity. At that point the family decided to donate Kevin's organs. Through that decision, Kevin's organs saved five people's lives and his skin tissue and eyes helped improve the quality of life for many others. In September 2015, the Torstenson family received the phone call that they have waited to get for six years, a kidney for Tyler.

Last year, Theurer's oldest sister, Courtney, along with the Tennille Torstenson and the Torstenson family, organized a 5K run/walk — called "Recycle Yourself" — at Dickinson High School to raise awareness for the organ donation process the family has grown to be so passionate about. Continue reading

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