In-Shape Health Clubs, in partnership with California Transplant Donor Network, is backing the Ally5000, an effort spearheaded by a local teenager to register more than 5,000 people as organ and tissue donors.
At the event, In-Shape member and Oakley, Calif., resident Ally Jenkins, 18, will join fellow club members and the community in trying to log more than 5,000 miles running and walking. Several In-Shape clubs are joining the effort in April to register 5,000 new donors, and the Stockton-based chain wanted to focus on their hometown to drive awareness and registrations.
Jenkins received double lung transplant and when her body rejected them, she received second transplant.
"An organ donor saved my life, and exercise has healed me and given me strength," Jenkins said. "I'm excited to work with the California Transplant Donor Network and In-Shape to register thousands on the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and possibly save others like me. I want as many people as possible to become donors to save or improve more lives."
During National Donate Life Month in April, attention is focused on 117,000 waiting in the U.S. for organs. Among those are 616 residents of San Joaquin County through December 2012. During the same period only 45 county residents received transplants.
"Every year thousands of lives are saved through organ donation," In-Shape Executive Vice President Rob Farrens said. "We were inspired by Ally's story, and wanted to use our network to show her passion for exercise, her inspiring recovery, and her drive to register more donors."
For more information about Ally Jenkins and the Ally5000 campaign, please visit www.inshapeclubs.com/ally5000 or become a donor at http://register.donatelifecalifornia.org/ally5000.