The Town of Huntington is hosting its second annual 5K Run to Save Lives on April 6 at Oldfield Middle School in Greenlawn. April is National Donate Life Month.
The Saturday morning event is to highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation – a topic that Councilman Mark Cuthberson and legislative aide Michele Martines have experienced personally.
Two years ago, Cuthbertson’s son Hunter received a bone marrow transplant from his brother Aiden to combat aplastic anemia, a rare condition where the body is unable to produce enough new blood cells.
And two years before that, in April 2015, Martines’s son Christian received a heart transplant after he was diagnosed in 2012 with cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes the heart muscle to become enlarged. Martines credits her son’s donor, U.S. Marine Nicholas P. Brown, with saving the life of Christian and 4 others.
New York State currently has one of the lowest percentages of registered organ donors in the country, a figure that the runners hope to improve.
The Run to Save Lives begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and costs $25 to register, or $15 for students 18 and under. There will also be raffles with a chance to win prizes including a private VIP box for 10 at the Paramount and two free tickets to any performance at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.