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.
As a donor or sponsor your financial contribution to the Renal Run™ will not only ensure the success of our event locally, it will allow us to fight this disease globally through the Kidney Cancer Association's numerous collaborations, research grants, and affiliate programs.
All Renal Run™ charitable contributions are administered by our partner the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93's nonprofit organization Dreams, Inc. - taxpayer identification number
The 5th 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 in front of the Blue Rose Cafe (19th & Riverside) with the turn just south of 35th Place.
Blue Rose Cafe - 1924 Riverside Drive Tulsa, OK 74119
Registration forms and fees may be submitted or mailed to RunnersWorld Tulsa at 3920 South Peoria Tulsa, OK 74105. Race packets may be picked up at RunnersWorld beginning Monday, April 29th. Race day registration will begin at the Blue Rose Cafe at 4:30 PM.
Jennifer Garner Degner, Co-Founder/Race Director
+210 445 2271
Mike Garner, Co-Founder/Marketing Director
+918 629 6783
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