April 5, 2019

2 years after donating kidney, 74-year-old Jacksonville do-gooder will take Katie Ride

By Karl Oestreich

Florida Times-Union
by Beth Reese Cravey

This year's Katie Ride is the 15th and Sharp, who retired from a multistate CSX career in 1999, has taken part in all but two. He has also run in all 42 River Runs and is a longtime blood and platelets donor. In Florida Times-Union Logoaddition, he volunteers two days a week at Mayo Clinic and one day a week at Jacksonville International Airport. At Mayo, he works at a patient welcome desk where he comforts anxious patients and helps others get to where they need to go. He regularly shows up three hours before his 8 a.m.-to-noon shift in case early arrivals need help. He saw the need, so he filled it.

Reach: The Florida Times-Union reaches more than 120,000 daily and 173,000 readers Sunday.

Context: Mayo Clinic is the only nationally integrated transplant program with three nationally ranked programs at three geographic locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in more than a dozen specialties works together to ensure quality care and successful recovery. Mayo Clinic is one of the most experienced surgical practices in the world. Mayo has more than 300 surgeons and 122 operating rooms among its three locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform hundreds of transplant surgeries each year. The Katie Ride takes place on Amelia Island, Florida with routes covering 18 to 63 mile courses, a walk and fun run, and a fun triathlon.  You can read more about the Katie Ride here.

Contact:  Tia Ford


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