BY RYAN ABER
The Oklahoma RedHawks and the Limbs for Life Foundation teamed up on a pair of fundraisers Saturday, raising enough money to provide assistance to 19 amputees both in Oklahoma and the Dominican Republic.
The foundation’s annula 5K run, the Bricktown Blaze, had 747 participants. The previous high for the event was 556 runners in 2008. The proceeds from the race, which ended inside AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, will be enough to provide prosthetic limbs to six Oklahomans in the next year. In the event’s seven years, it has raised enough money to help 47 state amputees.
The second fundraiser began with Saturday night’s RedHawks game against Albuquerque. The RedHawks’ jerseys, featuring Dominican flags as the sleeves, were auctioned off to benefit the Limbs for Life Foundation’s Dominican outreach project.
Infielder Chris Davis’ jersey raised the most, going for $310. The auction, the third for the foundation, will help provide prosthetic limbs to 13 amputees. The auctions have combined to raise enough money to help 41 amputees in the Dominican.