Annual walk/run on Belle Isle aims to encourage more minorities to donate organs

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 13:20:51-04

A man who lived for 550 days with an artificial heart in a backpack will lead an annual walk/run on Belle Isle this weekend to encourage more minorities to become organ donors. 

The Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) Life Walk/Run will take place on Saturday July 30, the state's largest event that promotes organ, eye and tissue donation. This is the 19th annual walk/run and will take place at Belle Isle.

Stan and Dominique Larkin, two brothers who were heart transplant recipients, will be at the event to raise awareness. Stan set a record for living 550 days without a heart.

They want to highlight the need for minorities to become organ donors, after their long wait for a transplant.

Registration for the walk/run starts at 7 a.m. The 5k and 10k races will begin at 8 a.m., with the walk starting at 8:30 a.m. 

You can register for the walk/run online.

If you are interested in joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, you can visit their website.

Watch the video above for more information and the brother's interview with WXYZ.