DANVILLE — The first 5K was held in the memory of Josie Lynn Kaylor was held Saturday in Danville.
The event was held at the entrance to the bike path in Danville starting at 8:30 in the morning. Renee Kalyor, the mother of Josie, was the one who organized the event.
“We used to go to Columbus,” she said, “But this year, I wanted to do it in Danville, make it about the community.”
Renee said at first she started out doing it herself but soon had sponsors. Participants wore their “Joggers for Josie” shirts that were created when the family, and others, started participating in Lifeline of Ohio’s 5K.
At the event, people told their stories about what organ donations could do for them and others. Keven Aune spoke as a living donor about donating to his stepson Chris Colopy. Connie James, a coronea recipient, spoke about what the donation had done for her.
Renee said that one of the main reasons she did this was to make people more aware about the need for people to become organ donors.
“Josie left a gift. I want to share that, I want to educate people,” she said, “The benefits are unreal, it’s a gift that keeps on giving and giving.”
In total, 109 people were there and raised over $2,200 dollars which was split evenly between the Josie Kaylor Memorial Scholarship and Lifeline of Ohio.
The Josie Kaylor Scholarship was created for students of Danville who intend on studying a healthcare-related field. Students submit an essay in which they write about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor.
Renee said that they plan on doing another local 5K next year in hopes of bringing about more awareness about the need of organ and tissue donors.