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Dash date falls on the birthday of two Heroes on Foot

For two families celebrating the lives of their loved ones, the Dash for Donation’s July 13 date holds special significance. Matt Brady and Adam Wasielewski saved and healed lives as organ and tissue donors

Team Adam’s Army and Team Brady will celebrate their donor’s birthdays on race day this year. Adam Wasielewski would have been 10 years old and the Wasielewski’s have recruited their largest team yet to participate. The 86 members of “Adams Army” will help form the sea of green in the Arena district to honor Adam’s legacy and the other heroes of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Adam's Army celebrates the healing gifts Adam gave at the Dash for Donation

Adam’s Army celebrates the healing gifts Adam gave at the Dash for Donation

“On July 13, we will walk in Adam’s honor with his friends and family,” mom Marcia Wasielewski said. “On Adam’s birthday, we celebrate the gifts that he has given through donation and the gift of love that he has given us all. Adam’s Army will always march on!”Matthew Hesson Brady would have turned 26 on July 13. For the race’s Team Brady, sporting “What Would Matt Brady Do?” t-shirts, they hope everyone at the Dash is inspired by Matt to say yes to donation. The opportunity to join as a group and place Matt’s poster on the Donor Remembrance Wall will be an emotional but healing experience for friends and family.

Matt Brady will be honored on Team Brady at the Dash for Donation

Team Brady will wear shirts and bracelets to honor Matt at the Dash for Donation

“I know if Matt had not been an organ donor, he would have still died in that horrible car accident,” mom Karen Brady said. “Because he was an organ donor, Matt gave the gift of life to five people. I know Matt would have thought it was awesome he helped so many! Matt’s decision to register as a donor provides one more way for people to remember him and keep his memory alive.”

On behalf of everyone at Lifeline of Ohio, we look forward to celebrating and supporting these heroes’ legacies with their families on what is sure to be an emotional Dash day.

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Adam, Matt and all of the donors honored on race day are heroes on foot!

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