Trotting for transplant awareness

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December 10, 2015 11:18 AM

The Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) Lloydminster Region Group will be holding its inaugural Transplant Trot next month, an event organized to bring awareness to the need for organ and tissue donation.
Donna Krilow-Lorenz, regional coordinator for CTA, is an organ recipient herself and said the event is also to celebrate those who’ve received transplants as well as living donors and donor families who have lost loved ones.
“It’s also recognition just for the public, for the other people that are there to see those of us who have received transplants, that we are healthy, we’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle with our second chance at life, but really to celebrate the people who gave us our second chance at life,” she said.
The Transplant Trot, a five-km walk or run, will be taking place on Jan. 23 at the Servus Sport Centre.
The first lap — dubbed the Recognition Lap — will see recipients, living donors, and donor families in attendance start things off by going once around the indoor track.
Other Transplant Trots across Canada generally take place in the spring to coincide with National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, but Krilow-Lorenz said the high volume of events in Lloydminster at that time of year caused them to hold the trot early.
“We didn’t really want to have to fight mother nature so we came up with the idea of trying to do the trot indoors,” she said.
“We approached the Servus Sport Centre, and it took a little while, but they agreed to close the indoor running track for us to hold our event.”
Krilow-Lorenz had a genetic kidney disease and 11 years ago underwent dialysis, making this cause especially personal for her.
Luckily for her, all four of her siblings came forward as potential donors, and after a thorough screening process, one of her brothers was chosen to donate one of his kidneys.
Now she is part of the small band of people comprising the CTA Lloydminster Region Group that just formed last January and she is looking forward to kicking off the first annual Transplant Trot.
“I think it’s going to be a good event, even if we don’t get out as many people as we hope to, I think each year as we spend the time just raising awareness we will also talk to people about our trot.”
Those interested are asked to register by Jan.5.
Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and under.
For more information contact Krilow-Lorenz at 780-875-3609.

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