Donor Network West and the San Francisco Giants to Celebrate Donate Life Day
(San Ramon, CA) Jul 27, 2018 – Donor Network West and the three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants announced Donate Life Day, a baseball game that highlights the healing power of organ, eye, and tissue donation among fans of the team. The game will take place on July 28, when the Giants play the Colorado Rockies.
Every summer, AT&T Park in San Francisco displays messages about donation on the giant videoboard as part of Donate Life Day. The Giants also welcome Donor Network West staff and Donate Life champions who distribute collectible baseball trading cards with donation facts at the gates. The Giants Community Fund makes the special game possible.
However, it is the stories of community members affected by donation and transplantation that take center stage. This year, four-year-old Austin Salinas of Madera will open the game by yelling, “play ball”; he is waiting for a kidney transplant. Nine-year-old Lucy Kimura of Martinez, who received a portion of her liver from her father when she was a toddler, will be the Junior Announcer. Liver recipient, Pati Hughes-Fudge of Tres Pinos, and double-lung recipient, Matt De Fina of Napa, will serve as Balldudette and Balldude, respectively.
Donor Network West and the San Francisco Giants celebrated 20 years of partnership last year. The first Donate Life Day took place in 1998. Liver transplant recipient, Lori Gardner, threw the ceremonial first pitch at that inaugural game. Lori is the late wife of Giant’s bullpen coach, Mark Gardner. Mr. Gardner received the Donate Life Champion award in 2013 from Donate Life America for his support and work to promote organ and tissue donation.
“Our partnership with the San Francisco Giants has grown stronger over the years and speaks to the team’s commitment to better the lives of the thousands in need of a transplant in our service area of northern California and Nevada,” says Sean Van Slyck, Interim CEO of Donor Network West.
In addition to promoting donation on the baseball field, the Giants Community Fund show their support by presenting a check to Donor Network West during a ceremony held right before the game. The donated funds help promote organ, eye, and tissue donation through high school education initiatives. Fans can register as donors during Donate Life Day at Donor Network West’s dedicated booth located at the Giant’s Community Club House and help highlight organ, eye, and tissue donation on social media by posting their pictures tagging @mydnwest and using the hashtag #sfgiantsdonatelife.
More than 10,000 people await a life-saving organ transplant in northern California and Nevada. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.
About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest