April 25, 2011
On April 30th and May 1st, 2011, the Police Department’s team of 12, the “Pigs in Pursuit” will be running 200 miles through 36 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge during the largest event in the world promoting organ donation. During “The Relay”, passing the baton from runner to runner will symbolize the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. It will take strength, strategy and endurance to reach the finish. It will take cooperation, sensitivity and understanding to travel many miles with sweaty bodies (6 runners + a driver in each van) to conquer as a team what few dare to face alone. The Relay is a unique adventure uniting athletes, communities and volunteers in a celebration of life, running and teamwork.
“Pigs in Pursuit” is made up of 12 runners all of whom are employees of the Woodland Police Department. This is the fourth consecutive year that we have participated in this fundraising event. Although "The Relay 2011" is dedicated to eight-year-old Katie Grace Groebner http://www.therelay.com/re_dedication.htm who needs a new heart and lungs, our motivation is much closer to home. One of our very own team members is on the waiting list for a liver donation. Fifteen years ago, one of our own “Pigs” was diagnosed with an incurable, autoimmune liver disease, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. Although medication has slowed the disease, the only “cure” is a liver transplant. Rather than giving up and letting the disease win, our “Pig” has excelled, raising a child as a single parent, completing the police academy as the “Top Recruit” and instructing our co-workers as a Defensive Tactics Instructor and Field Training Officer. Despite all the challenges, our “Pig” still works full time serving the community, showing the determination that most people waiting for a donor demonstrate every day in their battle to not let their disease defeat them.
The need for organ donation impacts more people than you might imagine. Of the nearly 100,000 people on the list waiting for a donation, 18 die every day, waiting for a donor.
Please discuss your personal wishes regarding organ donation with your family. This will allow loved ones to make an informed decision if you become a potential organ donor.
Thanks in advance for your support of 100,000 Americans waiting for organ transplants.
For more information about The Relay visit www.therelay.com.
To make a donation to the Pigs in Pursuit relay team, please visit our team fundraising page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/wpd/the-relay or by check payable to Organs 'R' Us, 501 (c) (3) Tax ID 94-3333306, 570 El Camino Real, Suite 150-330, Redwood City, CA 94063. Please write “Pigs in Pursuit” on the bottom of your check. Even the smallest amount is greatly appreciated.
The “Pigs in Pursuit” Team