For the last three years, the DCL 5K run/walk for organ and tissue donation and brain injury awareness has brought people together during the Moulton Jamboree to honor the memory and legacy of Dyllan Clay Lawson. The 19-year-old Moulton-Udell High School graduate and University of Iowa student passed away July 1, 2011 after a car accident in northern Missouri.
After his accident, Dyllan’s parents, Dennis and Carol Lawson, honored his wishes and donated his organs and tissue to others in need.
“It doesn’t really help, but it does,” said Dennis. “It’s hard to explain.”
His parents said that Dyllan had made his wishes to be an organ donor clear to them.
“We knew it,” said Dennis. “But you never really think about those things.”
In the end, Dyllan’s donation helped more than 100 people and one of his kidneys and his lungs even went to people that the Lawson family knew personally.
“We actually picked two people that received some of Dyllan’s organ,” said Dennis. “We knew two people. They both were in seven miles of our house.”
According to doctors, it was extremely unlikely that the two people the Lawson’s knew waiting for organs would be a match with Dyllan but after testing, both came back as matches and the organs were successfully transplanted.
In the aftermath of the accident, Dyllan’s siblings and their spouses, Clarissa and Kyle Prevo and Dustin and Kim Lawson, suggested doing something to honor their brother. Within just a few months, the DCL 5K run/walk for organ and tissue donation was put together, with the money raised going to the Iowa Donor Network. The family wanted to not only raise awareness and funds for the Iowa Donor Network, but also wanted to honor Dyllan’s personal donation as well as his life and memory. The first race was held Sept. 10, 2011 just two months after the accident.