Hundreds turn out for first organ donation race

Hundreds turn out for first organ donation race

POSTED: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 12:10pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

More than 300 runners braved the chilly weather Saturday morning to participate in the first ever race for organ donation in Baton Rouge.

Donor families and recipients say they are proud to be a part of the event. Peggy Guillot from Ascension Parish led her family through the course, all wearing a pin to show why they are here.

On the pin is a picture of Peggy's daughter, Shawn, who died in 1991. "No one was really talking about organ donation back then," says Peggy.

Her husband read an article about organ donation and suggested they let Shawn save other lives. "We prayed for a miracle and we got six," Peggy says. "She saved six lives."

20 years later, Peggy and the Guillot family are advocates for organ donation, encouraging other families to talk about their final wishes and give that final gift. Community Educator for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency or LOPA, Lori Steele says that is what this event is all about.

"We want to get people talking - to learn the truth about organ donation and the real miracles that can come from tragedy," says Steele. "Rabalais Run for Life" is sponsored by Baton Rouge attorney Paul Rabalais.

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