In Celebration of the Life of Laura Hart Burdick 1972 – 2005
Laura successfully battled leukemia as a college student but later found that her lungs had been damaged during treatment. Her only option would be a lung transplant. She underwent transplant surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in January 2003. In April, she returned to Arizona with her husband, Jon, to live and thrive with her “gift of life”. In September 2005, Laura died due to complications from infection.
During her transplant experience, Laura identified needs for additional services that could reduce some of the challenges that transplant patients and their families face during their illness, surgery and recuperation. It was her desire to help provide such services to her fellow organ recipients. When St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix introduced its new lung transplant program in 2007, the board of Laura’s Foundation recognized it as an opportunity to fulfill Laura’s aspirations.
In 2008, St. Joseph Hospital’s Center for Thoracic Transplantation, now known as the Norton Thoracic Institute, submitted a grant proposal to Laura's Foundation for sponsorship of a program offering social support and financial assistance to lung transplant patients undergoing treatment at the Center. To fund the program, Laura’s Foundation annually sponsors “LAURA'S RUN". This event is a 5K run, 1.5 K fun walk, Doggie Trot and Kids’ Dash that features medals for all age groups, raffle prizes, live music, refreshments and fun for the whole family.
The 9th Annual Run will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 at Scottsdale Sports Complex. Click on the "Laura's Run" tab for more information.
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