Anthony Penna Foundation
Please join us on April 15th for the 23rd Annual Donor Dash!
Since 1996, the Donor Dash has been raising funds to educate the community about the critical need for more people to register as organ and tissue donors.
As a designated organ donor, Anthony was able to give the gift of life to three people in our local community. A man in his 50's received his liver, a man in his forties received one kidney and a woman in her 20's received the other kidney. Just before Christmas, we received a letter from one of the kidney recipients. "Steve" shared that he was on the donor list for seven years and that his health was deteriorating quickly. He is now back at work and engaged in all of his family's activities. He thanked us for Anthony's "precious" gift. Also prior to Christmas, we received a letter from the Delaware Valley Eye Bank, letting us know that an infant boy in Pennsylvania and a young woman in her 20's in New Jersey have the gift of sight because of Anthony's corneas.
We are comforted by the fact that Anthony's death has brought life and fulfillment to others. So, to honor Anthony, we hope you will join the Anthony Penna Foundation team as a participant in the Donor Dash events on April 15th! You can choose the 5K or 10K run, or the 3K walk. If you choose to run, we'd still love to have everyone walk the 3K together after the races are complete. There's even a Kids Fun Run. Rob & I will be running in the 10K!
We are excited to announce that Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists will be our official Team Sponsor, and featured on the back of our team shirt!
UPDATE (4/13): We were just informed that the Anthony Penna Foundation team was identified as the largest community team for Sunday’s Donor Dash!!! And for that, we’ve won a contest that we didn’t even know existed and have our own TENT for Sunday! We have 122 registrants and counting! What an unbelievable tribute to our son, Anthony! We will run in his memory as champions of his selfless gift of life to others as an organ donor. And, we’ll run for each other. It has been a long winter. For our family, it has been a time to reflect and heal. Thank you for being such an unbelievable source of strength and hope for us.
With this news, our meeting point will be AREA #1 (RED CIRCLE) on the event map (see link below). Again, race bib pick up is at the Pre-Registered Runners tent (#8 Blue Circle). You can pick up your Anthony Penna Foundation shirt (if you ordered one) at our meeting location at AREA #1. Look for our Anthony Penna Foundation sign and flag (it will have the logo of the Foundation on it).
If you didn't make the deadline (4/10) for online registering for the races or walk, you are welcome to register the day of the event at the On-site Registration tent (#6 Blue Circle).
You are a special group of people. Thank you and see you on Sunday!
Here is a link to the map for Race Day and Team Penna Meeting Area: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZP55sEPv5WUj-yYdT1pFCw6eDqFyeou-/view?usp=sharing
Bus Update: If you are a Walker that had signed up for the bus from Wilmington to the Donor Dash, you should have been contacted by now that unfortunately, we had to cancel the bus. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may have caused.
If you are unable to join us on April 15th, please consider donating to the Gift of Life Donor Program in honor of Anthony.
We're looking forward to seeing you! Thank you!