We will be hosting a D-Day Ruck on June 6th supporting DOVE (Donor Outreach for Veterans), a kidney donation network matching living donors with veterans in need of a kidney transplant. The three-to-five-mile ruck or ‘ruck march’ will take place at Lake Lady Bird Lake at 7:00 p.m. on the 79th anniversary of the D-Day landing. DOVE’s goal is to find, educate, screen and support prospective living donors and then match those donors to a Veteran awaiting transplant.
We ask that everyone who participates in the D-Day ruck makes a donation to DOVE ahead of the event. If you are unable to participate please consider making a donation to help support DOVE’s valuable work.
DOVE acts as the Veterans’ donor champion by identifying, screening, and educating prospective donors and matching them to Veterans in need. Enabling potential donors to personalize their life-saving gift—direct donation to Veterans—taps into a pool of donors that may otherwise have never considered donation.
DOVE’s goal is to find, educate, screen and support prospective living donors and then match those donors to a Veteran awaiting transplant. We promote living kidney donation through nationwide campaigns and outreach events with the aim to create a living donor registry of prospective donors.
Additionally, DOVE provides individualized support to any eligible Veteran who is actively listed for a kidney transplant at any US Transplant Center in creating an outreach campaign within their networks and community.
Jon Wayne Taylor, a Tactical Fitness Austin instructor, and a Combat Vet/Medic, donated his kidney in October 2020 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. This helped set up a chain of transplants that ultimately led to fellow Veteran Chief Bennie undergoing transplant in April 2021 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
All instructors at Tactical Fitness Austin are veterans. It is important that we commemorate our fellow service people who have lost their lives or been severely impacted in service. We are really proud of the incredible sacrifice John has made by donating a kidney with DOVE. It felt fitting that we honor them raise awareness to the work they are doing in our community.Ron Grobman – CEO and Founder, Tactical Fitness Austin.
Sign up to our D-Day Ruck which will be taking place June 6th, then make a donation to DOVE’s fundraising page. The ruck will commence at 7pm at the Lady Bird Lake trail under the Loop 1 bridge on the Austin High School side 2001 Enfield Rd, Austin, TX 78703. It will be a 3–5 mile ruck. People can bring weight according to their abilities. Participants must bring water with them. It is open to people of all ages however please be aware this may be physically challenging for some people.
Rucking is simply walking or hiking while carrying a weighted rucksack or backpack. Rucks are a staple of international military training, as soldiers must be able to carry weapons, food, and other supplies for long distances. The three- and five-mile ruck courses for this event are a nod to the three-to-five-year waiting times veterans face. All proceeds from the event will go directly to DOVE to support its mission.
If you aren’t located near Austin, you can still support by either participating remotely or making a donation.