Friday, July 15, 2016

Former UNLV soccer star Simon Keith makes organ donation pitch at White House

Former UNLV soccer star and heart transplant recipient Simon Keith spoke at the White House Organ Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2016. Pictured from left to right are Simon Keith; Blair Sadler, author of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act; Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation; and Michael Kutcher, organ donation activist, heart transplant recipient and actor Ashton Kutcher's twin brother. (Courtesy Simon Keith)
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | Ron Kantowski

A couple of weeks ago, former UNLV soccer star Simon Keith was one of five people asked to give a speech about organ donation. The speech was in Washington, D.C. At the White House.

(Or if you are a stickler for semantics, just west of it, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.)

He sort of felt like that guy from the Talking Heads song who asks himself how did he get there.

“Never thought a jock from Victoria, B.C., would make it here,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “What a humbling experience.”

Simon Keith, as you may know if you’ve been following this space, received a heart transplant when he was 21 years old. He’s 51 now. That makes him one of the world’s longest surviving heart transplant recipients. That makes him pretty darn special. Continue reading
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