Join us for the 11th Annual Laura's Run, celebrating the life of Laura Hart Burdick and the amazing work she has inspired. Laura's Run features a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Run/Walk, Doggie Trot, and Kids' Dash. The event concludes with raffle prizes, live music, refreshments, and fun for the WHOLE family.
The first “Laura’s Run” was held in 2007. It was organized by Laura’s family
and friends as a celebration of her remarkable spirit. Everyone agreed that it was a
fun day of shared remembrances and family-friendly events. The
recurring question was, “Are we going to do this again next year?” The
answer was “Yes!” So began the annual “Laura’s Run”, proceeds from which support the lung transplant program at the Norton Thoracic Center.
About the Laura Hart Burdick & the Foundation
The Laura Hat Burdick Foundation was created to celebrate the life of our beloved daughter, wife, sister, and friend who died in 2005 at the age of 33.
Laura successfully battled leukemia as a college student but 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!