ConnectLife hosted the 9th annual Donate Life Walk on a Saturday morning September 7, 2019. This was the first year at the new location, Wilkeson Pointe at the Outer Harbor. Families and friends starting pouring in around 10:00am to check in with their walk teams, each team member wearing theit own unique and colorful shirts to honor their loved ones who have passed.

Before the walk began, Mark Simon, CEO & President of ConnectLife, said a few words and then he handed off the microphone to Bob Lester, who gave a heartfelt speech about his daughter, Nicole, who tragically passed away in 2016 and has saved and enhanced 46 lives in 11 states across the United States. Barbara Breckenridge then lead the crowd through a prayer before kicking off the Walk.

Starting around 11:00am, the 1.5 mile walk began around Wilkeson Pointe to honor and celebrate donors, recipients, and their friends and families. With the backdrop of Lake Erie and the spinning wind sculptures, participants walked while the sun hid behind the clouds and the wind blew mildly. 

Afterwards, there was food, music, and opportunity to walk through our Donor Memorial Tent which had our beautiful memorial quilts and "Why I Walk" cards to memorialize each person's story.

About 800 people came to show their support and take time to remember their loved ones. Now, we want to take the time to thank each and every person that showed up in support of our mission to educate the community, inspire donation, and connect lives.

Want to see photos from this event? Please visit our Event Photo Album here.

Thank You to Our Walk In-Kind Sponsors:

  • Dash’s Markets
  • Hanzlian’s Sausage
  • Costanzo’s Bakery 
  • Sahlen’s
  • Build a Machine Fitness 
  • Trader Joe’s 

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor: M&T Bank
  • Annual Sponsors: PSE, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Great Lakes Health System of WNY, Ellicott Development
  • Event Sponsors: The Rylee Fund, Atwal Eye Care, Independent Health