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5K run/walk for organ donation

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A 5K run/walk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m., at the Forest Park Track, in an effort to raise awareness about the need for organ donation.

Former Brazil resident and heart transplant recipient, Ashley Zavela, is the driving force behind the 5K.

"We're doing this to honor my donor, to celebrate the progress that I've made and to raise awareness about the need for other organ donors," Zavela said.

In 2007, Zavela was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Familial Partial Lipodystrophy (FPLD) or Dunnigan's Syndrome and was later diagnosed with congestive heart disease. Zavela was placed on the transplant list in February and waited until April 12, when she was informed a heart had become available. Zavela was operated on the same day.

Recently, Zavela has been working on her recovery and putting together events to raise awareness -- like the 5K.

The cost for the 5K -- which begins at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 -- is $20 for the "Early Bird Rate" and $10 for transplant recipients and donors. T-shirts will cost $10, until Sept. 16, when the shirts will cost $25.

The 5K will start at the Forest Park Track and follow the local designated route.

Zavela said her goal was to challenge herself to run the entire 5K.

She added in addition to the 5K run/walk, there will also be a silent auction the day of the 5K.

Those interested in participating can visit http://www.wvrr.org for a race form and e-mail celebrationoftransplantation5k@gmail.com for more information.

Proceeds will benefit the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, along with Caringbridge.org.

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