A 10-year-old Jewish boy was injured in a car accident in New York City. Upon arrival at the hospital he was, unfortunately, declared brain-dead. The Halachic Organ Donation Society facilitated consultation between several rabbis and his family, who ultimately chose organ donation. Eight other children’s lives were saved.
The 2nd Annual Halachic Organ Donor Society Race will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, in Central Park to raise money for the HOD Society. There will be a 5K and 10K race (walkers are welcome) that will be run by adults as well as preteens (ages 8–12). Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in both race categories (such as an iPhone, an iPad, etc.) and a round-trip ticket to Israel will be awarded to the person who raises the highest amount for HODS.
The mission of HODS is to save lives by increasing organ donations from Jews to all of humanity. HODS raises awareness of halachic (Jewish legal) support for organ donation and provides a unique halachic organ-donor card. HODS has saved more than 200 lives, educated more than 330,000 Jews about organ donation, and recruited hundreds of rabbis to carry organ donor cards.
To register, visit www.hods.org/race, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-213-5087. There is a $100 fee ($50 for student, and preteens ages 8–12 register for free). All participants will also have the option of creating an Internet fundraising page instead of paying the fee where they can raise the fee money. v