In Celebration of the Life of Laura Hart Burdick 1972 – 2005
Laura successfully battled leukemia as a college student but later found that her lungs had been damaged during treatment. Her only option was a lung transplant. She underwent transplant surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in January 2003. In April, she returned to Arizona to live and thrive with her “gift of life”. In September 2005, Laura died from complications of a lung infection.
During her transplant experience, Laura identified needs for additional services that could reduce some of the challenges that transplant patients and their families face during their illness, surgery and recuperation. It was her desire to help provide such services to her fellow organ recipients. When St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix introduced its new lung transplant program in 2007, the board of Laura’s Foundation recognized it as an opportunity to fulfill Laura’s aspirations.
In 2008, St. Joseph Hospital’s Center for Thoracic Transplantation, now known as the Norton Thoracic Institute, requested that Laura's Foundation help fund its programs that offer social support and financial assistance to lung transplant patients and their families. To sustain that effort, Laura's Foundation annually sponsors “Laura's Run", which includes a 10K and a 5K run, a 1.5 K fun walk, the Doggie Trot and the Kids’ Dash, with medals for all age groups along with refreshments, live music, kids' activities, a great silent auction and more. It's a fun morning for the whole family.
The 11th Annual Run will be held on April 8, 2017 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Arizona
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