Lung transplant recipient gives back


Every month is “Donate Life Month” for Mark Rodriguez.

While April is designated “Donate Life Month” by the nonprofit group Donate Life America, which helps promote the importance of organ donation, Rodriguez is using the first week of May to do his part to help out. He is organizing a 5-kilometer “Donate Life” charity walk at Santa Fe High School’s track complex on Saturday at 9 a.m. that will raise money for two causes near and dear to his heart.

The first is to help fund scholarships the school’s Class of 1987, of which Rodriguez is a graduate, offers every 10 years for a Santa Fe High male and female student. The other prong to the run is to attract donations for New Mexico Donor Services, a nonprofit organization that operates a variety of aspects regarding organ donation.

For Rodriguez, having the opportunity to help his graduation class and people affected by organ donors and recipients go hand in hand. He wouldn’t be alive to help with fundraising efforts if not for double lung transplants he received in 2011 and 2015. Continue reading

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