Way back in August, we went to North Liberty to participate in the Green 5K, a 5K that promotes organ donation. It was two years ago at that run that we met Steph and family for the first time ever. It was two years ago that we were anxiously awaiting her testing to see if she would get to be Blake's donor.
For obvious reasons, this run is near and dear to our heart. It literally was a life-changing day for us. Not only that, but the guy that is in charge of the run received a kidney from his mom. Before the race, he always talks about his mom and about the life he's gained because of organ donation. I cry. Every time. Every single time.
I look at Blake and I think, they didn't think he'd make it past birth and look at him. His life that's he's gained because of Steph's gift. Getting to do normal kid stuff. I can't put into words what that feels like. Blakers is my little inspiration. I love this pic that Steph happened to get before the run.
They have a Garden of Life. Pictured are living donors, deceased donors and recipients. They each say a little something about the person on the sign. Again, it is way emotional for me.
Jay and his buddies