TAMPA — LifeLink Legacy Fund® will host the 2nd Annual Love Give Live 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa. This family-oriented race promotes the lifesaving message of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, while raising funds for both LifeLink Legacy Fund and Donate Life Florida. LifeLink Legacy Fund provides financial assistance to organ transplant patients in need, and Donate Life Florida oversees Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry, as well as statewide public education to increase donation. This event is being sponsored by several community partner organizations, including Presenting Sponsor, SunTrust Bank.
The race will kick off with opening remarks and a ribbon cutting by Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz’s brother, Omar, passed away suddenly in April 2015. Because Omar had designated his wishes to be an organ and tissue donor on Florida’s donor registry, his family honored that decision. Omar was able to save four lives through the donation of his heart, liver and both kidneys; restored the gift of sight to two people through the donation of his corneas; and helped countless others through the gifts of tissue donation. Ruiz will share more about his brother’s legacy of donation at Saturday’s event, including how his own life has been impacted for the better because of Omar’s gifts of life.
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