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September 9, 2011 > Donate LIFE Walk

Donate LIFE Walk

Submitted By Anthony Borders

The death of a Fremont man was tragic but it brought two families together. Fremont resident Ruben Bernal Jr. , 21, died of a gunshot wound in February 2010 but gave a new lease of life to Livermore resident Robert Moss, 61, in the form of a new kidney and heart. On Saturday, September 10, 2011, relatives of both families will participate in the Donate LIFE Walk even at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont, for a walk around the lake at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine.

More than 400 people will gather for California Transplant Donor Network's (CTDN) two-mile "2011 Donate Life Walk."

Jeanine Locklear, 64, of San Ramon, received a kidney on September 10, 25 years ago; this meant she could see her only daughter, then aged 3, grow up.

Alfonso Garcia, 17, of Pinole was saved by a liver transplant two years ago. He will walk with the Sacramento parents whose son donated his liver.

Amy Weitzenberg Baghdadi, 40, of Santa Rosa will walk alongside Olivia Roberts Lemen, 33, of Napa. When cancer threatened her life, Amy received a portion of Olivia's liver, saving her life.

There is a constant demand for organ and tissue donations. More than 10,000 northern Californians await organ transplants. This event, which raises money to educate the public about the need for organ donors and to fund CTDN annual ceremonies which honor donor families, will draw teams and individuals from throughout northern California.

Donate LIFE Walk
Saturday, September 10
9 a.m.
Lake Elizabeth
Central Park
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 273-1226

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