The 2nd Annual Cream City 5k

The Cream City 5K is a non-profit founded by Jesse Pagels, a lung transplant recipient and runner, as a way to raise awareness that becoming an organ, eye, or tissue donor can save and improve lives as his lung transplant has saved his. April is Donate Life Month and the Cream City 5K is a fun, family, fitness event that will be held each April celebrate the Gift of Life. Jesse joins us to discuss the event; he is joined by Becky Gonwa and Brad Sorensen who made the decision to donate the organs of their late son Kellan to save lives.

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Runners Hit Pavement For Organ Donation Awareness
by Brittany Shannon of the WISN12

Runners hit the pavement Saturday morning to take part in the first-ever Cream City 5K, an event organizers started to raise awareness about organ donation.

Organ transplant recipient Jesse Pagels founded the run and non-profit to promote organ donation.

Pagels, an avid runner and father of 5-year-old Hannah, was diagnosed with leukemia. He needed a lung transplant when Hannah was young.

He was eventually matched with a donor and received a double lung transplant. Now, he’s cherishing every moment with Hannah.

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Man who Survived Cancer and Double Lung Transplant Organizes Cream City 5K
By David Ade of the WDJT-Milwaukee

A man who survived cancer and a double lung transplant will showcase his success story at a new 5k run this weekend.

The first ever Cream City 5k will support organ donation

The race is here at Greenfield Park, but there’s more inspiration behind this race than just the love of running to a finish in the Chicago and the Boston Marathons.

Jesse Pagel organized this race after battling leukemia.

“No matter how fast or slow you are… I always got emotional when I finished,” said Jesse Pagels.

Pagel finished ten of them.

A bigger challenge came in 2003, when he found out he had leukemia.

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The First Annual Cream City 5K

Jesse Pagels was a professional trumpet player and runner. Then, the treatment used in his fight against leukemia began to destroy his lungs. 10 years after his cancer diagnosis, Jesse received a life-saving double lung transplant. He is once again running and blowing his horn! Jesse joins us to share his story and give us details about a great event he founded to raise awareness and support for organ, tissue, and eye donation – the Cream City 5K.

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