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Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness

The Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness has hosted tens of thousands of participants, commemorating countless donations and lives saved. For 20 spectacular years, teams and individuals have volunteered to run or walk with us to spread the word that donation saves lives.

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Thank you to all 12,000 people who came out on Sunday, April 19 to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation at the 20th Annual Donor Dash!

About the Dash

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On Sunday, April 19, 2016, Gift of Life Donor Program held the 21st Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Donor Dash consists of 10K and 5K races, as well as a 3K walk.

The first Donor Dash was held in 1996, drawing around 800 people. Now, 20 years later, the Donor Dash has grown to more than 12,000 people, coming together to celebrate those who have received transplants, remember the generosity of donors and to give hope to people who are still waiting.

The goal of the Donor Dash is to bring awareness to the critical need for more organ and tissue donors. All proceeds benefit public education programs designed to increase the number of people who register as organ and tissue donors, as well as Gift of Life Family House.

Organ donation and transplantation work. The Donor Dash celebrates the life-saving power of donation and honors all of the donors who make it possible. By supporting Gift of Life and the Donor Dash, you will help raise awareness about the critical need to increase the number of those registered as organ and tissue donors.

Register for the Dash

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Supporters of all fitness levels can participate and show their support for organ and tissue donor awareness. Click the link below to sign up for this year's Donor Dash. Registration is easy and takes less than 5 minutes.

Start a team and encourage your friends and family to join you!


Volunteering at the DASH

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If you are interested in volunteering at the Donor Dash, please contact contact Kelly Antczak at, or by phone at 215-557-8090 x1138.

History of the DASH

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The Donor Dash was first created in memory of Mickey Braverman, a liver transplant candidate who died before receiving a transplant. Mickey's widow, Claire, wanted the event to raise public awareness about the 18 people who die each day nationally while waiting for an organ transplant. Claire wanted to ensure that no other family had to go through the pain of watching a loved one die because an organ was not available.

That first Donor Dash was held in April 1996, with 800 people and raised $17,000 for public education programs. But over the years, the event has grown vastly: In 2014, more than 12,000 people helped Gift of Life raise over $500,000 for educational outreach initiatives. Gift of Life is grateful for our supporters, and looking forward to making the 2015 Donor Dash the best yet!

"I Dash For..." Digital Tribute

Each year at the Donor Dash, participants pay tribute to their loved ones who they "dash" for. These tributes are displayed at the event, and now online in a virtual tribute. Please enjoy these touching messages.

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