Legacy of Life
The Legacy of Life 5k run/walk is an event that represents an incredible celebration of life and of hope!
In Kentucky, more than 1000 individuals are currently on a waiting list to receive a life-saving organ. Many more have an opportunity to have an improved quality of life as a result of tissue or eye donation.
UofL Hospital has a long time commitment to their patients and families who are experiencing end-of-life decisions. Creating an environment that fosters quality end-of-life support is important to the culture within the hospital. The health care professionals work collaboratively with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to give families the opportunity of eye, organ and tissue donation.
This event raises community awareness for eye, organ and tissue donation, and involves donor families, recipients, health care professionals, and the general public in support of our cause.
Proceeds for the Legacy of Life 5k run/walk will assist in the patient assistance fund and our donor after-care program.
UofL Hospital is excited to announce our continued partnership with KODA and Trust for Life in bringing you the 10th Annual Legacy of Life Run/Walk event.Â
Plan now to join us on Saturday, September 14
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have some exciting things planned for this yearâ€™s event. The first being a NEW LOCATION.
The 2019 Legacy of Life 5K will begin and end at Our Lady of Lourdes (508 Breckenridge Lane).
Participants will enjoy a route through the St. Matthews neighborhood. We believe this flatter route will be much more user-friendly and accommodating to our walkers and runners.
We cannot thank everyone enough for their support, commitment and dedication to bringing awareness to organ donation over the years. We look forward to seeing all of you in September.
To register for this yearâ€™s event, click here - https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Louisville/GiftOfLife5kLouisville.
And be sure to like the Legacy of Life facebook page (here) and check for updates leading up to the event!
Funds raised through this event by UofL Hospital will help provide lodging, food, and additional resources to care for those donor families as their loved one is hospitalized and in the donation process.
On April 13, 2018, a new memorial honoring organ donors was unveiled outside UofL Hospital, at a special unveiling ceremony that coincided with National Wear Blue and Green day, part of Donate Life Month activities. Â
â€śThis permanently reminds us of and represents the gifts and the sacrifice that have been given by the dozens and dozens of donors that have come through this hospital over the decades,â€ť said Glen Franklin, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the hospital.
The Gift of Life Donor Memorial is sculpted from stone and stands more than five feet high, with a bronze plaque featuring two hands holding a heart and the words â€śGift of Life Donor.â€ťÂ
Doctors, nurses and staff of UofL Hospital, along with donor families, organ recipients, and representatives from Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Trust for Life Organ Donor Awareness Program, were in attendance as the memorialâ€™s cover was removed and the Donate Life flag was raised behind it. Â
Franklin said the memorial had been eight years in the making, with years of fundraising and a final design decided upon last year. UofL Hospital and KODA employees, transplant recipients and donor families began raising money to fund a memorial on hospital property in 2010, beginning with the Legacy of Life Walk that year.
In addition to honoring organ donors, the memorial is designed to help raise community awareness about organ donation.
â€śPeople are used to seeing survivor walls, but these people didnâ€™t survive. But because of their selfless gift, others lived. Itâ€™s an opportunity to honor them and their families,â€ť Franklin said.Â
Donna Edwardsâ€™ son Mike became an organ donor at age 25 after he died in a workplace accident. She attended the unveiling with her granddaughter. Â
She said the memorial is extremely meaningful for her.
â€śWhen I pass and see this memorial for the donors, it makes me feel good inside,â€ť Edwards said. â€śIt helps to know all they do here at this hospital to help save lives.â€ť