Donate Life Legacy Walk FAQs

Donate Life Legacy Walk FAQs

Thank you for your interest in our eighth annual Donate Life Legacy Walk! Here are some commonly asked questions that might be helpful as you prepare to celebrate the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation with us.

Q: When and where is this event?

A: Midwest Transplant Network will host the Donate Life Legacy Walk on Saturday, June 1, with activities scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Q: Do I need to register?

Yes. By registering, you will ensure that you receive resources and announcements as they become available. Register today!

Q: Can I register a team?

Yes, we encourage people to form teams and register together. Our registration partnership is with runsignup.com. Participants will create a quick profile and can choose to register as individuals, multiple registration, or to join or create a team! Once your team is created be sure to share for others to join.

Q: Is this a free event?

A: Midwest Transplant Network is honored to present the Legacy Walk at no cost to participants as a celebration of organ, eye and tissue donation in our community.

Q: How can I share my donation story with fellow Legacy Walk participants?

A: We encourage you to share your story by completing this form on our website. We will highlight these stories on our social media platforms leading up to, during and after the Legacy Walk. Be sure to include “Why I walk” in your submission.

Q: If I can’t attend on June 1, are there other ways I can participate?

A: We encourage people to participate before, during and after the June 1 event, as works for their schedule and location. We will share stories, videos, donation facts, photos and more from our Ambassadors, partners, community advocates and staff members through our social media platforms. Remember to set your posts to “Public,” tagging Midwest Transplant Network and using hashtag #LegacyWalkMTN.

Q: Where can I find MTN on social media?

A: Click here for our Facebook page, here for Instagram, here for Twitter, here for LinkedIn and here for YouTube.

Q: I have a question that is not on the Q&A. Whom should I contact?

A: Please email your questions to legacywalk@mwtn.org.

Q: Will MTN provide T-shirts this year?

A: Yes! T-shirt order details:

  • For a limited time, MTN will cover the first $9 per shirt (with a limit of five shirts per order)
  • The purchaser is responsible for additional costs, such as back-of-shirt printing, shipping, additional shirts and upgraded shirt material.
  • Orders must be placed by April 23 to guarantee arrival for the Donate Life Legacy Walk

Q: Can I customize the back of the shirt?

A: Yes! There will be an additional shirt fee to add the customized back-of-shirt design to share the person or people for whom you walk.

Q: How do I order my shirt?

A: Registered walkers will receive the direct link to the shirt store with their confirmation email. The last day to order is April 23.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of shirts I can order?

A: Registered walkers can receive a free shirt by placing their order via the link provided in their confirmation email. To help with the process, you can order up to five shirts for participating family members in one order. Additional fees apply for customized back, sales tax, and S&H for additional shirts.

Q: What if there is an error with my T-shirt order?

A: Midwest Transplant Network will not be responsible for errors made during the T-shirt ordering or customization process. Color may vary based on type of shirt or sizing depending on the manufacturers dye lot.

Q: What kind of programming can I expect on June 1?

A: The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. We will celebrate the gift of life throughout the program and feature local Kansas City band 2 Proud 2 Beg. Participants will enjoy the opportunity to walk the Tribute Trail throughout the evening, with the program ending at 9 p.m.

Q: Will there be COVID-19 restrictions?

A: We will follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and City of Kansas City, Missouri guidelines.

Q: Will food be available?

A: A variety of food trucks will be available for the 2024 event. As the event approaches, check back here for a list of specific trucks. Trucks will be self-pay. You also may bring a picnic. Don’t forget your water! No alcohol, please.

Q: Will there be seating?

A: The event will take place on the North Lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. We strongly encourage you to bring your own blanket and/or portable chairs.

Q: What can I expect in terms of amenities and the course?

A: Check out our course map with additional information.

Q: What is the Tribute Trail?

A: The Tribute Trail lines the North Lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and is set up for all to enjoy during the event. Walkers are invited to stroll the path at their leisure at a time that is convenient for them. This is an informal walk that allows people to view tributes that honor donor heroes as well as highlights the transplant recipients who received the gift of life.

Q: How can I submit a Tribute Trail message?

A: 2024 Tribute Trail information coming soon!

Q: Where should I park?

A: There are several parking options near the National WWI Museum and Memorial. This website provides both free and paid parking options in the area.

Q: What is the terrain like at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and are there accessibility options for those who need it?

A: There is a bit of elevation to the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and we have made accommodations for those in need of assistance. There is a drop-off area near the museum entrance as well as first come, first served accessible parking spots for those with parking placards.

Additionally, MTN staff members are available in golf carts to help transport anyone who needs assistance to and from the north lawn should they not be able to safely walk the paved path to the lower level of the site. Once on the north lawn, seating is on the grass (so remember to bring a blanket or lawn chairs) and the lawn is fairly level.

There is also golf cart assistance available for the Tribute Trail for those who request it.

Q: What if there is bad weather?

A: The event is rain or shine! Should we need to cancel all or part of the event, announcements will be posted to our social media and an email sent to registered walkers as soon as possible.

Q: What do the different color beads represent?

A: Green — donor family member; purple — recipient; white — community partner/supporter of donation; blue — waiting for a transplant; orange — living donor.

Social media posts

Help us generate buzz leading up to or on June 1 by posting to your social media channels. Share these posts directly, or use them as a starting point for your own creative post. Make sure you use #LegacyWalkMTN and tag Midwest Transplant Network: Facebook — @MidwestTransplantNetwork | Instagram — @MidwestTransplantNetwork | Twitter — @MWtransplant (Note: We will only be able to see and interact with posts that are public.)

  • I walk in honor of type donor hero’s/transplant warrior’s name here. Please join me for the Donate Life Legacy Walk hosted by Midwest Transplant Network on Saturday, June 1. #LegacyWalkMTN
  • I am a proud insert donation connection here. Please join me for Midwest Transplant Network’s Donate Life Legacy Walk on Saturday, June 1. Register today: mwtn.org/legacy-walk #LegacyWalkMTN
  • Join me on June 1 as I celebrate the gift of life with Midwest Transplant Network for the Donate Life Legacy Walk. mwtn.org/legacy-walk #LegacyWalkMTN
  • I am an advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation. Join me on June 1 in honoring donor heroes and transplant warriors during Midwest Transplant Network’s Donate Life Legacy Walk. mwtn.org/legacywalk #LegacyWalkMTN

To participate on each social media platform:

  • Facebook — Posts must be public for MTN to see and interact
  • Instagram — Posts must tag @MidwestTransplantNetwork for MTN to see
  • Twitter — Posts must tag @MWTransplant

T-shirt artwork

For those of you interested in making T-shirts or swag for the Legacy Walk, the files below can be used for vinyl cutting machines, printing capabilities or iron-on material. Use the artwork release if you choose to send them to a professional printer. Share your creations with us on social media, tagging Midwest Transplant Network and using #LegacyWalkMTN.

If you need additional assistance, please contact legacywalk@mwtn.org.