Everywhere you looked, people were wearing pictures of loved on T-shirts and on posters. Those faces represented people who have either died and donated organs, or benefited from a transplant.

It was an emotional 5k run/walk around Washington Park Sunday morning. Nearly 6,000 people participated in the 17th Annual Donor Dash and broke last year’s attendance record.

Broncos running back coach Eric Studesville was one of several people who spoke about the impact of donating organs on his family. He asked people in the crowd to encourage others to sign up as well.

About 69% of adults in Colorado have said “yes” to donating their organs after death. Most people agree to the donation when they get a driver’s license or by registering online at donatelifecolorado.org. One donor can save up to eight lives or heal more than 50 lives through eye and tissue donation. About 2,700 lives in Colorado are now waiting for donations.

There is also an urgent need for people from various ethnicities to become donors as well. The Donor Alliance says transplant matches made within ethnic groups can be more compatible and save more lives.

Donor Alliance asks you, to ask your loved ones and friends to say “yes” to becoming a donor and help save lives.