Given a Second Chance at Sight and Life: Local Cornea and Kidney Transplant Recipient to Run Bases at May 6 Reno Aces Game

Reno local Victor Salazar will run the bases at Donor Network West’s upcoming ‘Home Run for Life’ game 

RENO, NV (April 28, 2022)Victor Salazar’s health battles began at just 10 years old when he was diagnosed with keratoconus, an eye disease that affects the cornea and can result in vision blurring or loss. During his college years, Salazar’s vision worsened drastically. He also began experiencing unrelated health issues due to an under-developed kidney. Fortunately, he received two life-changing cornea transplants and a kidney transplant between 2014 and 2015. 

Currently, 90,000 people in the U.S. are on the national transplant wait list for a kidney.

Thanks to organ, eye and tissue donation, Salazar now thrives; he enjoys archery, exploring the outdoors in off-road vehicles and spending time with his husband and family. Salazar will run the bases at the Reno Aces’ Home Run for Life game, presented by Donor Network West, after the second inning, Friday, May 6, at Greater Nevada Field as they take on the Round Rock Express.

“I want people to know how many lives, like mine, can be affected by organ donation,” Salazar said. “After going through vision troubles and four and a half years of dialysis treatments, donation has really improved my life and given me a second chance.”

Donor Network West, northern Nevada and northern California’s federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization, is proud to support six Home Run for Life games throughout the 2022 season. With more than 600 Nevadans waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, the partnership is bringing critical awareness about organ donation to the community and its sports fans. This will be the second Home Run for Life game of the 2022 season.

“From regaining sight and kidney function like what transplantation gave to Salazar, the impact of eye, organ and tissue donation is truly remarkable,” Janice Whaley, president and CEO of Donor Network West, said. “Donor Network West is honored to partner with the Reno Aces in celebrating organ donors and recipients like Salazar who are now able to thrive and live their best lives.“

The 2022 season is the first time Donor Network West and Reno Aces have partnered to showcase the Home Run for Life program. Once a month, a brave individual in the northern Nevada community is honored by taking a ceremonial trip around the bases with each team lining the baselines. Individuals honored have received life-saving transplants or have lost a loved one who saved lives through organ donation.

“Last month we honored a kidney recipient in the most emotional moment of our first homestand,” Eric Edelstein, President, Reno Aces and Greater Nevada Field said. “Our partnership in highlighting the good work of Donor Network West is just beginning.”

Donor Network West invites the community to celebrate local kidney and cornea recipient, Victor Salazar, at Reno Aces’ May 6 game.

About Donor Network West

Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation and research. 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 45 counties in northern Nevada and northern California, Donor Network West has headquarters in northern Nevada and California and partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries.

Anyone can register to be an organ donor.

To learn more and to register as an organ donor, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest.