About Helen Lynn

The Blueberry 5k Dash (A Denali Blueberry Festival event) follows a paved path, from the McKinley Chalets Resort, through the scenic Nenana River Canyon, to the entrance of Denali National Park, and returns along the same route.

The $25 registration fee goes to COTA for Helen L.

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. The Blueberry Dash was created to support a young tot who recently underwent a kidney transplant and the local Healy donor. All proceeds will go directly to COTA. For more information visit, 


The race is August 5th at 10:30 a.m.  Starting point is at Denali Square, located within the McKinley Chalets Resort.

Online registration available until 9:00am, race day.   All participants receive a goodie bag and prizes are awarded for the top male/female finishers.

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With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.  The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  In Medford, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local girl, Helen Lynn. 

Born on May 08, 2011, Helen was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease September 2013.  The doctors at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $75,000 is being raised by Medford volunteers. After 2 years of waiting and hoping, Helen finally has her new kidney. Transplanted October 2015 by doctors at Doernbecher Childresn's Hospital, in Portland, OR, Helen can started a new and healthier chapter of her life. Since her surgery, Helen has grown 2 inches and gained 10 pounds!!