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MADISON — The second annual Katie McBurnett 5K will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Madison, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

Registration is $25 on the day of the event.

The primary goal of the race is to raise awareness about organ donation and sharing McBurnett’s story, as well as raising money for the organizations that helped her.


McBurnett received a life-saving heart transplant on March 29, 2007, after being on a transplant waiting list for 2½ months.

The 2010 Columbus North High School graduate died Sept. 18, 2012, at age 21 from complications from the transplant.

All the money raised from the race will be used to purchase Cough Buddy animals for the children at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

McBurnett received a Cough Buddy while she was at Riley, but the hospital no longer distributes them, according to race organizer Lindsey Thompson.

The first Katie McBurnett 5K raised $3,200 that was used for the Cough Buddy stuffed animals that are designed to ease the pain associated with coughing or deep breathing after surgery. The overstuffed plush Cough Buddies can be held tightly while children cough, which is necessary to keep their lungs clear after surgery.

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