More than 300 people gathered at Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday morning for the Indiana Donor Network 5k. The event celebrates organ donations, while raising awareness about the life-saving decision.
A team of more than 200 people honored 5-year-old Lauren Clark, who died unexpectedly in March. Lauren was a tissue donor and will now help save lives.
“It means a lot because what she was able to donate was her heart,” said Lauren’s father Aaron Clark. “That really made the decision for us even easier, because figuratively speaking, her heart is who our daughter was.”
Margaret Adams is also a member of a donor family. She lost her son Bobby four years ago. His gift helped save several lives.
“It feels great knowing that he’s still here and he’s helped other people because this is what he wanted to do,” said Adams.
The 6th annual run and walk united donors and recipients Saturday. Their outcomes may be different, but their message comes from the same place.
“Be aware of being a donor because there is a lot of people who need the gift of organ donation,” said Clark.
Lauren’s team is the largest team of 5k participants in Indiana Donor Network history. To learn more about organ donation follow this link.