Walking For Organ Donor Awareness

12-year-old Kaidyn Blair (left) at Windsor Regional Hospital after a walk-run from Essex for organ donation, April 12, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A 12-year-old transplant survivor has taken big steps to encourage organ donation.

Over a decade ago, a liver transplant donor saved the life of Essex boy Kaidyn Blair. On Saturday afternoon, Kaidyn walked and ran from his Essex hometown to Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan Campus, along with over 350 people who registered to walk, run or cycle along for the first mile.

“Every 2 miles we had a rest station, and at the rest stations we had someone who has had ordan donation touch their lives,” says Jeremy Blair, Kaidyn’s father, who adds that the walk was organized to raise awareness but also to honour the donor who saved his son’s life. “It was really touching experience for everyone that went through the run to meet up with these families and see how it changes lives.”

Some close and ambitious supporters made the full 21 km journey, which ended with a reception at the hospital for Kaidyn and his guests.

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