Wall Honors Organ Donation Heroes

July 29, 2013

The sea of green will form on July 13 in downtown Columbus as the Dash for Donation 5K honors the heroes of organ, eye and tissue donation. For a special tribute to each life-saving donor, the event features a Donor Remembrance Wall where families can post posters commemorating their loved ones who gave the gift of life.

The wall runs along the start/finish line of the 5K run and family walk in the Arena District and inspires dashers through the pictures, quotes, letters and mementos donor families include to remember their loved one. For donor families and transplant recipients like Joni Hunter of Scioto County, the ability to publically show others the heroic power of one is inspiring and a valuable part of the healing process.

“When my son turned 16, he automatically registered as an organ donor and honors his father Dale, an organ donor in 2012,” recipient and donor family member Joni Hunter said. “As a liver recipient myself, my organ donor saved my life and I am thrilled that donors will be honored on the Donor Remembrance Wall.”

The 14thannual Dash for Donation hits the pavement on Saturday, July 13 in a route that runs through the Arena District. Join Lifeline of Ohio at the race today by registering online at www.dashfordonation.orgor at 6:30 a.m. on race-day in front of Nationwide Arena. If a loved one gave the gift of life and a family member is participatingin the Dash, they are encouraged to add a poster to the wall of heroes. can take advantage of the “I’m a Hero!” rate by registering as an organ donor before the race at

Whether participating in the Team Challenge or individually, through the 5K run or family walk, or a child six and under chasing mascots down Nationwide Boulevard, join the more than 4,000 people who will walk-the-walk for organ, eye and tissue donation on July 13.