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

Posted: 1:20 PM, Jul 26, 2016
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.