Congratulations and Thank You to the DASH for Organ Donor Awareness Team Penn Medicine!
Thanks to the support of Penn patients, caregivers and staff, it was a record-breaking year for Team Penn Medicine at the 2014 DASH for Organ Donor Awareness. In addition to winning both Gift of Life contests and earning two tents and two port-o-potties, here are some highlights of the Team Penn Medicine’s accomplishments at the 2014 DASH:
- #1 healthcare organization for online registration
- Largest DASH for Organ Donor Awareness Team
- Raised nearly $10,000.00*
“This year’s team was truly remarkable,” said team captain Rebecca Farrell, BSN, RN. “Every year we continue to be inspired by our patients and by the incredible generosity of donor families who make transplant a possibility.”
At last count, there were approximately 226 team members – a number that will likely increase when the on-site registrations are tallied. Interestingly, the top two fundraisers this year for Team Penn Medicine this year shared quite a bit in common. Both are cardio-thoracic transplant recipients who were transplanted less than 14 months ago. Each of them raised more than $1,000.00 for the DASH and, not only did they both do the 5K race, they both surprised themselves with their race times.
|Stephen Orloff, first-place fundraiser|
“I just couldn’t believe that 10 months after transplant I beat the goal I set for myself by six minutes!” Stephen said. “I’ll have to give Ed Cantu [Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant Program] – a big hug the next time I see him.”
|Navaz Mehta, heart transplant patient|
“One year ago, I would have never expected to be able to run a 5K,” said Navaz. “In November, my mile was taking about 14 minutes; at the DASH, it was down to 11.04 minutes. It was so exciting to see how many people came out to support Team Penn Medicine and this important cause.”
Navaz went on the say that she extends her thanks and appreciation to the ICU staff, VAD Team, and the nursing and clinical staff on Founders 10 and Silverstein 10 who took care of her during her 7-week stay at Penn. She added, “I will also be eternally grateful to the Cardiac Transplant Team for all they have done to help get me back to my normal life. I look forward to having them oversee my progress in the many years to come."
We’ll provide an update when the final numbers become available. If you’d like to share your story about the 2014 DASH for Organ Donor Awareness, please contact Margaret Leid at 215-298-3929.
* final numbers released in 4-6 weeks