Laura’s Run supports largest lung-transplant program in southwest

The ninth annual Laura’s Run, named in honor of Laura Hart Burdick and benefiting the Norton Thoracic Institute’s lung transplant program, takes place April 11 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. Shown here: The start of last year’s run. (Submitted photo)

The ninth annual Laura’s Run, named in honor of Laura Hart Burdick and benefiting the Norton Thoracic Institute’s lung transplant program, takes place April 11 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. Shown here: The start of last year’s run. (Submitted photo)

Runners, walkers and dogs of all ages are invited to participate in the ninth annual Laura’s Run in support of Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, home of the largest lung-transplant program in the Southwest.

Hosted at the Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive, on April 11, Laura’s Run features a 5-K run, 1.5-K walk, a kids’ dash and “doggie trot” in honor of dog-loving Laura Hart Burdick, who passed away in 2005 at age 33.

Ms. Burdick suffered extensive lung damage several years after receiving chemotherapy to treat leukemia while she was in college. In 2003, she traveled to Stanford Hospital in California to undergo a lifesaving lung transplant.

“Laura had her transplant before there was a program in the Phoenix area, and traveled out of state for evaluation, transplantation and follow-up care. Her journey would have been so much less challenging had there been specialized transplant care available locally,” said her mother, Jane Hart.

The first lung transplant at Norton Thoracic Institute was completed in 2007. That same year, Laura’s family and friends created the Laura Hart Burdick Foundation and named the Norton program as the sole beneficiary. The foundation has donated more than $125,000 to the program over the last seven years.

Norton Thoracic Institute offers the only lung transplant program in Arizona. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently recognized it as the number-one lung-transplant program in the Southwest.

Cost is $30 to pre-register and $35 day of race. Number pickup and onsite registration begin at 7 a.m., with a prompt race start at 8 a.m.
visit www.laurahartburdickfoundation.com.

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