GR8toDON8 2020

Naiara Valentina
Naiara Valentina

Team LadyBug

Hello Family and Friends!

Welcome to our giving page supporting GR8toDON8! Please join us in supporting the Annual GR8toDON8 8k/5k for Organ Donation! By doing so, you can honor those who have given the greatest gift of all, the Gift of Life, while celebrating those who have been blessed to receive life-saving transplants.

As many of you already know, my sweet angel bug, Naiara, was called to be with the Lord and with her Daddy on May 5, 2013. Almost 7 years have passed since Naiara grew her angel wings but, to myself, my daughter, Nyobi, and my family, it still feels like yesterday. We struggle to cope every day with her loss and it is not easy.

Every year since her passing my family and I take pride in walking with the Gr8toDon8 community to keep her memory, her legacy alive. Although we miss her every moment of every day we know that her passing was not in vain. Through her the lives of 3 babies were saved with the gift of Organ Donation! They were able to live and spare their families the pain of mine. 1 angel went to Heaven and 3 stayed here on Earth. Naiara is testimony that through organ donation, lives can be saved.

My family and I take pride in this annual walk. We take pride that my sweet LadyBug, Naiara, was able to donate her organs to save lives. We take pride that through those children Naiara lives. In our hearts, in our stories, in our memories, Naiara is still a singing, dancing ballerina.

Every 10 minutes a name is placed on a transplant list. Many wait years before an organ becomes available and sadly, many are called to the Lord because the wait was too long or organs were not available to them. My family and I walk every year to make a difference, whether big or small. Our goal is that one day there will be no need for a wait list; that all lives can be saved with the gift of organ/tissue donation.

We humbly ask that you, our family and friends, join us on our journey and donate. Help us to become Heroes just as Naiara was a Hero. Help us to keep Naiara's legacy alive.

My family thanks you. My daughter, Nyobi, and I thank you. Naiara thanks you.
God Bless you Always.

Team LadyBug
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Proceeds from this race go directly back into the community to assist with donation education to the 3.8 million people in OurLegacy’s 10-county service area as well as support additional donation and transplantation initiatives.

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