Mesa organ donor saves 6 lives

East Valley Tribune | Alyssa Tufts
Diamondbacks Donor
Organ recipient Ryan Nelly poses with Kellye Pummill holding Ozzie next to a photo of her late daughter Marissa with Ozzie at the Donor Network of AZ on Monday, March 28. After her passing, Kellye donated Marissa's organs allowing Ryan to receive a kidney transplant.

Kellye Pummill and Ryan Nelly know the life-changing impact of organ donation. Nelly’s 13-year wait to receive a kidney transplant ended on Oct. 20, 2014, when he received the call that Donor Network of Arizona had found a near-perfect match. On Oct. 21, Nelly received his kidney transplant from Pummill’s daughter, Marissa “Roo” Pummill, who passed away in October 2014 at the age of 21.

On April 10 at Chase Field, the Donor Network of Arizona will commemorate the 10th Annual Donate Life Day with the DBacks. Donor Network of Arizona will recognize several donor families in a ceremony before the first pitch. Jacqueline Keidal, media relations coordinator for Donor Network of Arizona, said 900 are expected to attend this year’s event.

“Donate Life Day with the DBacks brings Arizona’s donation and transplantation community together to show support for all those who have been touched by donation,” Keidal said. Continue reading
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