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Allie Cat Run & Festival

Runners and hundreds of others in the community gathered on the city hall lawn on Saturday to honor Allie Carruth. Allie, or “Allie Cat” tragically passed away last year on her family’s farm, and now her family and the community of meridian are honoring her life.

“She always wanted to play. She always wanted to do something. She loved God. She was always listening to Christian music. She was really fun to play with. She was very happy; she would always walk up to someone and say, ‘hey, how are you doing?’” -William Carruth, brother

Allie’s parents, Bill and Leslie Carruth, decided to donate her tissues and organs. In turn, Allie saved two other people.

“There was no discussion with us. Leslie mentioned it, and we immediately did it. I didn’t have to think about it. I would say if there is a question, just take some time and think about it and consider all the lives you’d be saving from the life that’s already been lost.” -William Carruth, father

Mayor Percy Bland and the Meridian City Council have now proclaimed April as National Donate Life Month.

"I feel very good about that. I feel that I know that she has saved two other people, and I'm just, like, wow. This is big. My little sister saved two people." -William

The money raised from the Allie Cat Run & Festival will go to the public education fund of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

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