Tournament raises thousands in memory of organ donor

Post Star | Amanda May Metzger

Steve Jacobs photos— Chris Conine, father of the late Timothy Conine, a 22-year-old Queensbury High School graduate who died last year following a motor vehicle accident, pitches Sunday at the inaugural Timothy Conine Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Jenkinsville Park in Queensbury. The event was held to raise awareness and funds for organ donation and aftercare support for organ donors.

QUEENSBURY  After 22-year-old Timmy Conine died following a vehicle accident last year in Argyle, his guardian signed him up as an organ and tissue donor.

Since then, six of his organs — including his lungs and liver — have saved four lives, and his corneal donation has restored sight to two people. According to statistics, his tissue donation could save up to 50 lives.

It’s the kind of scenario the good-hearted giver would have loved.

“It made sense. He would give you his last dollar. That’s the type of person he was,” said his cousin, Jessica French.

Conine’s death left a void on the softball field, but on Saturday and Sunday, about 400 people turned out to symbolically bring him back to the Jenkinsville softball fields for the first Timothy Conine Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament, which organizers plan on making an annual event.

His family teamed up with the Center for Donations & Transplant of New York and Vermont for the tournament to honor his memory, raise awareness, sign up new donors and raise money for the center, which offers aftercare support for families of organ donors in 43 hospitals across upstate New York and Vermont. Continue reading