The Katie Caples Foundation was started in 1998 by the family of Katie Caples, a young high school student from Jacksonville who became an organ and tissue donor after not surviving the trauma of an automobile accident.
The foundation hosts the Katie Ride for Life cycling fundraising event. David Caples, Katie’s father and foundation chairman says that “we host this event in memory of Katie and the wonderful legacy she left behind. Katie was an athlete, and it is fitting to her memory to host a sporting event like this in her name. She was also a generous child who gave many others a chance to live through her gifts of organ and donor tissue.”
There are more than 90,000 Americans currently on the national organ transplant waiting list, with roughly 3,000 listed at transplant centers in Florida. It is hoped that this event will not only provide donor education to the community, but also raise funds for future donor education campaigns.