Marcia Walters was given life through a donor that allowed their lungs to be donate for organ transplant. As we share our thanks for Marcia's lungs, we also hold the donor's family in our prayers. All proceeds from the 2011 race went toward helping Marcia with her medical needs. The 2011 race raised over $14,000 for Marcia and had over 350 participants.
From Marcia - "On August 22, 2013, I celebrated by new 2nd birthday after a life saving double lung transplant. There are continuing follow up visits in Dallas and certain challenges but these have been made much easier because of the support I have. The Aledo community I call home has been one of my biggest support groups. I thank God everyday to be blessed by such a wonderful community and a very selfless donor family. I am so excited to be a part of the annual Thanksgiving Trot and look forward to another fantastic turn out."
Marcia celebrated the 3rd anniversary of her lung transplant on August 22nd. She is doing very well and attributes a huge amount of her recovery to all the family, friends and community that stood by her during her illness and after her surgery. The Thanksgiving Trot was a tremendous blessing to her and her family, taking a lot of stress and worry off them financially allowing her to heal.
Marcia spends her time sewing, crafting, volunteering at Cooks Children's and has even started substituting at Stuard Elementary, her former employer. She looks forward to helping with the race each year as a way to pay it forward. It is also very important for her to help others also waiting on transplants and to spread information about donor awareness.
On August 22, 2015, I celebrated my 4th “New Birthday” after my double lung transplant. Although not without trials and obstacles, I have done wonderfully well. I have been able to start work at my previous job, Stuard Elementary School, as a substitute nurse and office staff helper. I enjoy this very much and feel like I have my “old life” back. I feel I’ve been called to mentor the many new friends I’ve met that are awaiting transplants. Answering questions, providing encouragement, when many of them feel there is no hope, and just having them see you can be normal again is very rewarding and my way of giving back. Raising donor awareness is also very important to me as well.
I am so excited to be a part of the Thanksgiving Trot that made such a huge impact on my life. Being a part of this wonderful Aledo Community is such a blessing to me.