The 16th annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K will raise funds in support of Strong Memorial Hospital patients waiting for or recovering from organ transplant surgery at 9 a.m. April 23 at Genesee Valley Park, 1000 E. River Road, Rochester.
After a ceremony commemorating past donors and transplant recipients, runners will start at 10 a.m. for a 5K along the Genesee River. The track, certified by USA Track and Field, will cross through Genesee Valley Park and University of Rochester. Chip-timed racing results will be available. Walkers will follow at 10:05 a.m.
UR Medicine’s Solid Organ Transplant program serves heart, liver, pancreas and kidney patients from across western New York and the Southern Tier each year. In addition to current transplant recipients, Strong provides ongoing care for patients who continue coming to Rochester for medical care related to their transplant.
Proceeds from the River Run benefit these transplant patients. Nearly $170,000 has been raised since the event’s inception, and more than 100 patients have received assistance over the past three years alone.
“Donor families and recipients brave challenges long after transplant,” said Nancy Metzler, transplant program administrator and Rochester River Run. “It’s important to help them as much as possible, and the proceeds from the run allow us to provide a little extra assistance, which can make a big difference.”
With patients on the transplant waiting list, there remains a need for financial assistance to help them maintain the medical treatments required as they await a donor.
The River Run, in acknowledgement of National Donate Life Month, strives to bring awareness to the ongoing need and importance of signing up for the New York State Organ Donor Registry while honoring organ transplant recipients, living donors and members of donor families.
Top male and female runners in each of six age groups, in addition to the top overall runners, will be recognized with awards. The top pledge collector will receive a grand prize.
Registration costs $30 until noon April 20, $35 at the event. Children ages 10 and younger can run or walk for free.
Attendees can enter to win one of 20 gift baskets to raise additional funds for transplant patients.
For information, call 585-275-2420 or visit bit.ly/2nK7G9I.