This Recipient of a Donated Heart Ran a 10K to Honor Donor's Family
With every beat of his heart, John Dickhout was reminded of the gift of life. His heart was working harder than usual, because John was running in his first-ever 10K race—and he was doing it for a very special reason.
On the sidelines of the race was the Prashaw family, cheering for John. Two years prior to the 10K, John was in surgery to receive a donated heart from 22-year-old Adam Prashaw, who had just succumbed to a seizure. That amazing moment, when one life lost helped boost another, has brought the Dickhout and Prashaw families together in friendship and love.
John wanted to honor that friendship and the new lease on lift that Adam gave him. So he decided to use his new heart to power him through a 10K race near Adam's hometown in Ontario. He explained: "I wanted to let my donor family know how much this gift meant to me and my family."
As John crossed the finish line, the Prashaw family cheered and embraced him. The choice to honor the family by running the 10K paid off.
"John just living and choosing life ... all because of Adam's gift means the world to us," said Rick Prashaw, Adam's father.