Editor’s note: Columnist Talia is a 12-year-old on a mission to raise awareness for organ donation.
I was so excited this past Saturday morning for the first-ever Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon that I jumped out of bed, as did my sister, Tamar, and Regan, one of my best friends. Mom and Dad jumped out of bed, too. I got dressed and was out of the house before I knew it!
When I got to The Belvedere, my Love 4 Life Project booth was already set up. I was amazed! The people from KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates), and people from The Voice-Tribune came and helped set this up for me. Thank you so much guys!
The first thing I saw was a big poster of me and my logo with information about being an organ donor. There were also two banners with my logo on them. Then, I saw a big table with bracelets and cards with information on how to be an organ donor.
I also saw cards with the Love 4 Life logo and me on it. Then, my friend, Gracie, and her sister, Anna, and their other little sister, Sarah, came. Anna, like I told you a few articles ago, is the reason that I started this project in the first place, so it meant a lot to me that she was there.
Remember, she is the one that is on a list waiting for a new liver. Tamar, Anna, Gracie and Sarah helped me pass out stuff from the table, and we ended up passing all of the items out!
I got to go to the finish line and saw Ryan Althaus, the winner of the race, and Jennifer Osterhage, the first woman to cross the finish line. I also got to go live on WHAS-11 with meteorologist Reed Yadon and Angie Fenton, who is my editor.
Also, I watched my dad finish 98th out of 2,326 people! I was so proud of him! As soon as he crossed the finish line, I ran up to him and was the first to congratulate him.
In honor of my project, my dad signed up to be an organ donor right at the table where we were set up! I was so happy!
I also got to talk with Mark Maxwell, the lead singer of The Louisville Crashers, which performed at the finish line party. He let me talk into the microphone to tell people about my project.
Then, I got my picture taken with the winner of the race! I got to hold his first-place award!
Thank you so much for reading! And if you didn’t get a chance to sign up at the race, you can sign up at www.donatelifeky.org under my drop down box.
For more information about organ donation, you can visit www.kyorgandonor.org.
Next week you will read about my awesome trip to the license branch with Circuit Court Clerk, David Nicholson! I can’t wait to tell you about it!
Photos by TONY BENNETT | contributing photographer
Category: Talia’s Love 4 Life Project