Heart transplant recipient runs 10K as donor's parents cheer him on

CBC Ca | Carol Off and Jeff Douglas
Adam Prashaw, left, died at age 22 of a seizure-related drowning. John Dickhout, right, is alive today because Prashaw signed an organ donation card when he was 16. (Submitted by Rich Prashaw/Lynn Dickout)
John Dickhout ran his first 10-kilometre race in Ottawa over the weekend — and he did it in honour of Adam Prashaw, the young organ donor who made it all possible.

Running a 10K was always on Dickhout's list of things to do after he received a heart transplant, he said.

But it was made all the more meaningful by the fact that his donor's parents, Suzanne Corbeil and Rick Prashaw, came out to support him.

"Both [Adam's] mom and dad were there cheering me on for the race and at the finish line, which made it very, very special," the 55-year-old Welland, Ont., man told As It Happens host Carol Off.

"We've become really an extended family and good friends."
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