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Run, Walk, or Pledge to Support Transplant Patients on April 12

This is the 14th year where runners, walkers, and supporters come out to celebrate transplant recipients and organ donors at the River Run/Walk 5K in Genesee Valley Park.

undefinedThe annual event, sponsored by the Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital and the hospital’s transplant units, benefits transplant patients who are awaiting or recovering from organ transplant surgery. Donations and other proceeds help them pay for expenses associated with lifelong care, such as life-saving medications and travel expenses.

Get more information on the River Run/Walk 5K, collecting pledges, and race day logistics on the Friends of Strong website


To pay by credit card, go to Prefer paying by check? Download the registration form online and return to Friends of Strong—River Run/Walk, Box 660.

Get on board! Pre-register by March 23 for $30 and get a free long-sleeve tech shirt to wear on race day. The $30 pre-registration continues through noon on Friday, April 10. Last-minute participants are welcome to register on race day for $35. (Kids 10 and under are free but shirts will not be provided.)


Prizes await for the top male and top female finishers in the overall 5K course (certified by USATF #NY10104KL), as well as each age category: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Top pledge collectors will also receive awards.


Transplant recipients who come to Strong for heart, liver, pancreas, and kidney transplants often need financial assistance while they await surgery, and afterwards. In addition to costly medical treatment, the need to travel—some at great distance—can add strain on them and their families. Run/Walk participants are encouraged to collect donations to fulfill these patients' needs.

Donations are accepted via cash or check—please have the sponsor note the name of the participating runner or walker in the notes area. For credit cards, please go Friends of Strong's Make a Gift site. Select "Transplant Fund" in the drop-down menu and indicate the name of the participating runner/walker in the comments field. Pledges can be submitted on race day or when the race packet is retrieved.

Be sure to register by March 23 to save $5 and get your free shirt!

April is National Donate Life Month, making it the perfect time for the River Run/Walk and to consider joining the thousands of New Yorkers who have added their names to the organ donor registry.

Visit for more info.

Matt Ulakovic | 4/1/2015

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