Inspired by the heart-breaking death of a teen aged girl, young Katie Caples' saved five lives, and over the years has touched countless others because she chose to be an organ donor.
One of Amelia Island’s premier fundraising events is the Katie Ride for Life. Inspired by the heart-breaking death of a teen aged girl, young Katie Caples’ saved five lives, and over the years has touched countless others because she chose to be an organ donor.
Though she didn’t know it at the time, Katie started a movement that anyone and everyone should register to become an organ donor.
The Katie Caples Foundation inspires others to live, breathe, walk, run, ride, educate and advocate for organ donation. They are committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults and children in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.
If you are not familiar with the story, please take a moment and meet Katie, and one of the lives she saved:
125,000 adults and children are waiting for an organ transplant. 21 people will die today while they wait, and tomorrow 144 more will be added to this “too-long-of-a-list”. We know those people in dire need of a transplant could be your mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother or friend. Together, we will do the right thing and end the wait.
So join the movement and help others share life by saying, “Yes!” Become an organ donor, because “yes” saves lives.
The Katie Ride for Life will be held on April 16, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Amelia Island. Expect delays and traffic congestion until 3:00 p.m.