A Liver Transplant Recipient, and His Friend, The Donor, Run the NYC Marathon Together


Each step, every mile, is a testimony to the miracles of organ donation for two friends. Running the New York City Marathon together with a liver donor and her recipient is one way to spread the word.

Dave Kane was diagnosed over four years back with cancer in the liver’s bile ducts. “The diagnosis was pretty grim,”Dave said.

Dave’s friend Sara Kate Gillingham volunteered to undergo testing and surgery and ultimately gave 60 percent of her liver.  

“I don’t know. I just felt a calling. I felt like I am in a really good position to do this,”Sara Kate, an organ donor, stated. “It’s really nice to be able to sit here and smile and laugh about it. But it was a very dark time.”

The pair survived that dark time, and in a toast to their healing, Dave and Sara Kate are running the 26.2-mile New York City Marathon to raise money and awareness for the American Liver Foundation. 

“Sara Kate saved my life,”Dave said. “That’s what’s so great about this opportunity to run and to publicize, you know, the incredible bravery and generosity and love of Sara Kate and the opportunity to be a donor.”

Sara Kate says that donating a portion of her liver has added meaning to her existence.

“It’s totally possible to make a bigger impact on the world than you think is possible by doing this.”