Raising awareness and funds for kidney cancer research
in the name of retired Tulsa Police Sgt. Michael J. Garner.
On August 5, 2008 Sgt. Mike Garner’s 10-year battle with kidney cancer ended and our mission began. In the months following Dad’s passing we struggled with the tremendous loss, eventually looking for a bigger, far-reaching way to remember, and honor him. Raising money for The Kidney Cancer Association became our mission and the race in his name became our healing therapy.
On the surface the Renal Run™ 5K appears to be just another spring road race with food, cold drinks, and live entertainment. But, if you dig a little deeper you will see it is a celebration of life and an opportunity for people in Oklahoma to show their support for an individual who impacted the lives of so many Oklahomans on a daily basis for over 30 years – whether they knew it or not.
Help us continue our Dad's legacy of service by helping those whose lives have been touched by this disease.
A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Sgt. Garner retired in March of 2002 as Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Tulsa Police Department – the last half of his career devoted exclusively to traffic and child passenger safety.
A leader in his field, Dad co-founded the Oklahoma Buckledown Awards in 1993, quickly becoming the state’s largest law enforcement recognition program. That same year he joined Mary Beth Ogle, a nurse from the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, and Tom Hufford, a Tulsa Firefighter, in founding Safe Kids Tulsa.
Both programs would ultimately bring law enforcement, the medical community, and local government agencies together working towards a common goal – protecting Oklahoma’s children and families.
The recipient of numerous local and national awards for outstanding achievement, Dad took great personal satisfaction participating in hands-on training and leading grassroots efforts for child passenger safety. And he successfully championed legislative drives to pass Oklahoma’s seatbelt and child restraint laws.
His energy and passion were contagious and his dedication to the community was surpassed only by his love for his family. The “Seatbelt Man” as he was affectionately known will always be remembered for his tireless service and the inspiring way in which he lived. Had you met him you would have never known he battled kidney cancer for 10 years.
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The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. It is the world’s first international charity dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers. And, It is also by far the largest organization of its kind, with members in more than 100 countries.
The 7th Annual Michael J. Garner Renal Run™ 5K course is flat, fast, and USA Track & Field certified. The traditional out and back course starts and finishes at 68th & Riverside Drive with the turn just south of 53rd Place.
68th & Riverside Drive Tulsa, OK (River Parks parking lot)
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