Paces for Payton supports pediatric organ donor recipients

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IDAHO FALLS — Across the country, there are almost 107,000 people on the organ donation waiting list, and every ten minutes someone is added to that list. On average, 22 people on this list die every day while waiting for organ donation. Fathers, mothers and even children complete this list.

Payton, the daughter of a family in Idaho Falls, was just seven months old when her heart broke. Diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, Payton needed a heart transplant to save her life. After two months, Payton was matched with a donor heart generously donated by another family suffering from the loss of their child. Without the transplant, Payton was not to live a week longer.

The next two years were filled with ups and downs as Payton fought new health battles. In August 2015, Payton suffered complications associated with heart transplant rejection. Just under three years old, Payton earned his angel wings.

Although Payton graced this world for a short time, his legacy lives on. Her friends and family gathered around her to start Paces for Payton, a race and fundraiser to help her parents deal with rising medical costs.

Paces for Payton is now organized in her honor to raise awareness and help other local families with children in need or who have had an organ transplant.

The 8e Annual rhythms for Payton The 1 mile, 5 km and 10 km races are scheduled for Saturday, September 25e at Snake River Landing. Registration starts at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies start approx. 8.45 a.m. followed by a staggered departure from 9 a.m. Participants can also support the cause by purchasing tickets for the amazing raffle baskets.

To learn more about Paces for Payton, visit www.pacesforpayton.org. To learn more about organ donation or to register as a donor, visit www.donatelife.net.

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