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Thousands Celebrate Life at the 20th Annual Donor Dash 2019

On Sunday, July 21st in Denver’s Washington Park, thousands gathered to celebrate life at the 20th Annual Donor Dash 2019! This year, the event attracted 5,594 participants that all came together to also recognize 20 years of dashing for a cause.

The Donor Dash is a 5K run/walk that honors the lives of organ, eye and tissue donors; celebrates the lives of organ, eye and tissue recipients; and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

The event featured some old favorites like the Diaper Dash! As well as touching ways to pay tribute to all of the heroic donors who gave the gift of life, such as the Donate Life Memorial Garden and Wall of Honor.

New this year, we had a video board, sharing the heartfelt stories from those directly touched by organ, eye and tissue donation. We also took a special look back at the very first Donor Dash in 2000 on Y2K – it’s truly amazing to see how much the event has grown in the last 20 years. The links to those videos can be found at the bottom of this post.

As always, we want to extend a big thank you to all of the participants, speakers, volunteers and organizations who helped make the 20th annual Donor Dash a huge success! Watch the 20th Annual Donor Dash recap video, below!

Enjoy the Donor Dash 2019 Recap

If you couldn’t make it out to the event this year, no worries! You can show your support any time year-round by saying Yes to organ, eye and tissue donation at or If you’ve already said Yes, we encourage you to share your decision with your family.

Be sure to save the date for the 21st Annual Donor Dash scheduled for Sunday, July 19th, 2020!

Watch Kacey Johnson, Tissue Recipient’s story.

Watch Connor Randall, Two-Time Heart Recipient’s story.

Watch Robin Mitchell, Donor Mother’s story.

Watch the Donor Dash History video.

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