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PHOTOS: Wyoming Donor Dash coming to Casper Saturday as gift of life celebrations light up statewide

(Donor Alliance)

CASPER, Wyo. — The 2022 Wyoming Donor Dash 5K walk and run will be held Saturday, April 23 along the Platte River Trails in Casper. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Tate Pumphouse, according to the Donor Alliance.

The event is held annually to help raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Donor families and transplant recipients will share their stories at the event and attendees will also drop blue and green carnations into the North Platte River “as the peaceful waters carry their blessings & prayers onward,” the Donor Alliance said in a press release Thursday.

“This year, we’re honored to host two incredible mothers, Ashlee Ferre and Jaimie Robertson,” the announcement adds. “Both are mothers of donors who will be on hand to share their stories and the impacts that their children’s gifts of life have had. Also sharing the impact of the gift of life is Jaimie’s son’s heart recipient and his family. Beyond sharing their stories to encourage others to say yes to giving the gift of life, these strong mothers are also sharing their stories as an example of the incredible support of their community.”

April is National Donate Life Month, and the Wyoming Donor Dash will happen amid other events celebrating the gift of life that organ, eye and tissue donations provide. Blue & Green Day is set for Friday, April 22 and businesses, hospitals and other supporters of organ donation in the state are holding celebrations and decorating offices. That includes 21 Wyoming Driver Services offices across the state, according to the Donor Alliance. The University of Wyoming’s Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center will be lit with blue and green lights on Friday as part of the gift of life celebrations.

Cheyenne Driver Services is taking part in the Blue & Green Day celebrations. (Donor Alliance)

“Wyoming continues to make an incredible impact when it comes to residents who have signed up as organ and tissue donors,” Donor Alliance President and CEO Jennifer Prinz said in the press release. “As we honor National Donate Life Month in Wyoming, we’re aiming to grow awareness and support of the generous gift of organ and tissue donation. In addition to raising awareness for this important cause and encouraging more people to sign up to become organ, eye and tissue donors, sharing the stories of our friends, family and neighbors gives hope to those on the waitlist.”

Donor Alliance is encouraging people to join in the celebrations by dressing in blue and green to help raise awareness of the need for more registered organ donors and as a way to honor those who have donated.

“Share a picture on social media using #ShineALight to help raise awareness and give hope to the more than 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in our communities,” the release adds.

Donor Alliance is the federally designated nonprofit that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and most of Wyoming. For more information about organ and tissue donation, please visit DonorAlliance.org. To sign up to become an organ, eye and tissue donor after death, please visit DonateLifeWyoming.org.

(Donor Alliance)