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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 19 spectacular years, teams and individuals have been invited to run or walk with us to spread the word that donation saves lives.
The Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness is a collection of different courses, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs, and a 3-kilometer walk designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation. All the distances depart from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and continue along West River Drive and the banks of the Schuylkill River, drawing participants such as transplant candidates, transplant recipients and family members, hospital personnel, donor family members and the general public.
Visit the Dash registration page to register for the event, or to donate to the cause!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Dash, please contact Tammy Buscher, Volunteer Coordinator, at 215-557-8090 x1137.
The 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 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 2011, more than 7,000 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 2013 Dash the best yet!
Register to Be a Donor
It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!
Giving Life a Second Chance
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.