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Friday, September 2, 2011

Virginia Transplant Games seeking organ transplant recipients and donors

Source: Examiner, Richmond, VA | Rhonda Day


Hearts are beating every day because someone cared enough to be an organ donor. People's lives are forever changed when they receive a life-saving transplant from those who selflessly make this important decision in their lives.
Paul Harris' parents say it best:
"The shock and sadness of Paul’s death was an extremely difficult time for our family. During that period, one of the most comforting thoughts was knowing that what turned out to be Paul’s final decision was the ultimate decision: Paul chose to give life through organ donation. In doing so, Paul saved and improved the lives of dozens of others. It was a simple, yet transcendent, act," explains Chuck and Cindy Harris.
Through Paul's generosity and desire to do something even greater with his life, Paul had selflessly made a life-changing decision for others by deciding to donate his organs. There are many people who are grateful to Paul and what his family did. Because of him, others live.
You Can Help
Now, there is something we can all do to make a difference in the lives of others. The very first Virginia Transplant Games have been created by Donate Life Virginia for October 1, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia to show families that donation and transplantation saves lives. The games celebrate recipients who are allowed to live normal, healthy and productive lives because someone cared enough to become an organ donor. And it is a chance to honor those families who have loved ones who were organ donors and saved lives through their generosity and compassion.
The Virginia Transplant Games are seeking individuals who have been receipients of organs from organ donors. They want to celebrate their lives and the lives of those who gave them a chance to live longer. If you are an organ transplant recipient, please visit the website and sign-up to participate in the games.
If you and others you know want to participate, there are several ways to help. You can register to compete in events, including a 5K walk/run. You can attend as a spectator or volunteer to help with the event.
Registration is just $25 and it's all for an incredibly important cause. Click here for more information or to access registration forms and to volunteer. The event is held just minutes from Richmond at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Virginia.
Take advantage of this opportunity to honor someone who is a living donor, celebrate your own ability to make the choice to become a donor, or remember someone who has been a donor and saved the lives of others. It's a simple way to make a huge difference and save lives. This event could result in a donor saving your life or the life of someone you love in the future.
If you haven't already made a commitment to become an organ donor, please do so now. You can make this commitment when  you renew your driver's license or by clicking this link.
Join us as we remember and honor Paul Harris and other organ donors who have given life to so many more. Come out to Clover High High School in Midlothian, Virginia on October 1 and make a difference.

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