Posted by Frank Gagnier on Mar 15, 2019
Left To Right: Sean McGill, Amy Reese, President Ron Heymann and Rotarian David Caples, Katie's father
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Speaking to the Club was Rotarian Sean McGill, Katie Ride Event Director and Amy Reese, a donation program consultant with Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research and a Board member of the Katie Caples Foundation.
Some interesting numbers:
120,000  and children are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
95% of Americans support organ donation, but only 54% are actually registered organ donors.
92 people receive an organ transplant every day, on average.
22 people will die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.
97% of organ donor registrations occur at the DMV.
Finally.....Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list.
We all know Rotarian Sean McGill so here is a quick bio of Amy Reese:

Amy has devoted the last 13 years of her career to educating individuals on the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. She uses statistics, facts and individual stories to connect audiences to the lifesaving message of donation.

Amy is Accredited in Public Relations and uses those skills to work with all facets of the community to educate and inspire others. She has served on a number of local and national organ donation committees to promote donations including past Chair of the Jacksonville Transplant Alliance, Donate Life Florida’s Driver License Liaison and Donate Life America’s education committee. She hopes that you will leave today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

Amy earned her degree in Public Relations from Indiana State University. She lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband Dave and her son David who is an 11th grader, Amy also has a daughter who is a sophomore at Flagler College. Amy hopes that you will leave here today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

That said, Sean and Amy brought everyone up to date starting with a short video of "Katie's Story" to how many lives have been saved because of this amazing young lady who tragically lost her life in a terrible accident in 1998, she was 17 years old. Katie had just become a licensed driver and she had made the decision on her own to become an Organ Donor! Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of five (5) individuals who ranged from 9 to 62 years of age and further enhanced the lives of many others.

The Katie Caples Foundation is committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults & children in need of a lifesaving transplant. You can read much more about Katie on the website.

On Saturday, April 13th, on Amelia Island is the 15TH ANNUAL KATIE RIDE presented and supported by the Mayo Clinic. You or your business can become an Official Sponsor. Go to the website and sign on to the event and select a sponsor option such as a Medal & Lanyard Sponsor, a Water Sponsor, a Post Ride Celebration Sponsor, Route Sponsor, or to just making a donation that best fits your budget.

Volunteers - Always need volunteers because they can't do this without them.  If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the web site for details.

Sean and Amy invite all of us to join them for the 15th Annual Katie Ride benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation's organ donor awareness education and registration programs.

The Rides cover routes form 18 to 63 miles, an 8K walk, a fun run and a fun triathlon (300 yard pool swim, 18 mile bike ride and a 5K run all on Amelia Island.

Thousands of lives have been affected by the decision 17 year old, Katie Caples made back in 1998 and thousands more are still to come.  

We want to thank Sean and Amy for their time and the hard work they are doing for the Foundation. Also, our hearts still go out to Rotarian David Caples and his wife for their great loss and the courage they found early on starting the foundation and making this all happen in Katie's name. Amazing parents, you are!!