WOWK 13 News, Charlston
WVU football's new director of player development, Quincy Wilson, became an advocate for organ donation after family friend and NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Walter Peyton, died of liver disease in 1999.
Wilson will help honor organ donors and recipients during a "Breakfast of Champions," from 9-10 a.m. June 22 at Charleston Area Medical Center. Wilson also plans to visit patients at the hospital after the breakfast, and he will be at the West Virginia Power baseball game Friday evening where donors and recipients from the CAMC Kidney Transplant Center will be honored on the field before the game.
"Events such as organ donation awareness night have the ability to reach a large number of people at one time, which enables us to educate even more individuals about the importance of organ, tissue and cornea donation and encourage them to sign up to make the pledge for life," Susan Stuart, president and CEO of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, said in a news release. "We are pleased to join CAMC for a night at the ballpark and hope that West Virginia Power fans who have not registered to become a donor will make that choice June 22."
CAMC is home to the only kidney transplant center in West Virginia. Currently there are 140 local adult and pediatric patients on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant, according to information from CAMC. More than 500 patients are being evaluated for transplantation.
Wilson played college football for WVU from 1999-2003. He then played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons.