'Walk to Remember' Moved Inside Due to Weather

April 12, 2019 10:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Despite the weather forcing the fifth-annual "Walk To Remember" to take place indoors, dozens of organ transplant recipients, donors' families, and other advocates filled a room at Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys campus to share the stories of those who gave the ultimate gift.

Among the attendees were Steve and Jackie Rasmusson, whose son Tim died five years ago this month from an ascending aortic aneurysm. Tim donated his corneas, giving two girls the gift of sight.

Each year, his family holds a 5K run in his memory, hoping to keep his legacy alive. That's another reason the couple advocate for organ donation.

"It's a great way to honor someone and that's what we continue to do is try to perpetuate his name and keep his name alive," Steve said.

Organ donation recipient Jennifer Ronnenberg and her new husband Rob were also in attendance. A double lung transplant allowed Jennifer, who was born with cystic fibrosis, to walk down the aisle on national television earlier this year without assistance.

The show the couple appeared on, paid tribute to Jennifer's donor, which made the day that much more special for the couple.

"It was wonderful to be able to have my donor and all of her memories be a part of that day," she said.

From memories big to small, the walk and presentation were designed to show the power of organ donation. 

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