State of Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force Supports Team Nevada for Upcoming U.S. Transplant Games

State of Nevada

Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force

                                                    Frankie Sue Del Papa           Assemblywoman Dawn Gibbons                                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       CONTACT: Danelle Snodgrass

April 21, 2004                                                                           (775) 687-6300

 

State of Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force Supports Team Nevada for Upcoming U.S. Transplant Games

 

In July 2004, thousands of unique athletes will compete in the U.S. Transplant Games in Minnesota.  The four-day, Olympic-style games are designed specifically for athletes who have received a second chance at life through the miracle of organ donation and transplantation  Events include running, cycling, swimming, volleyball, basketball, and golf (just to name a few). Over 10,000 people are expected to participate in the games.

Team Nevada will be one of 49 teams competing in the upcoming U.S. Transplant Games.  Currently, Team Nevada consists of 16 transplant recipients. The youngest athlete is 16; the oldest athlete is 73.  Team members reside throughout the state, including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Sparks, and Winnemucca.  These local athletes will work together to run, cycle, swim, and golf their way into the record books for Nevada. 

The State of Nevada Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force is proud to announce its support of Team Nevada.  Using funds from the Nevada Gift of Life Education Fund, the Task Force has made a contribution towards team uniforms and expenses. 

The Nevada Gift of Life Education Fund
is supported by revenues from Nevada’s “organ donor” license plates, as well as charitable contributions.  When Nevada drivers obtain or renew their driver’s license, they are asked if they wish to donate $1 to the Nevada Gift of Life Education Fund.  Contributions are used to support Nevada’s donor registry, purchase educational materials to increase donation awareness, and sponsor worthy causes like the U.S. Transplant Games.

In the United States there are more than 84,000 people awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.  On an average day, 17 people will die waiting because of the scarcity of organ donors.  Until new science emerges, education is the key to this public health crisis.  The U.S. Transplant Games are a wonderful way to demonstrate to the public that donation is necessary, and that transplantation works.

The Nevada State Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force is proud to sponsor Team Nevada.

 

  

1000 E. William Street, Suite 200, Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: (775) 687-6300 ext. 233    Fax: (775) 687-6304

www.giftoflife.nv.gov

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