Saturday, July 31, 2010

Do Good: Help Amanda & Support Organ Donation

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I 'met' Amanda through the Patients for a Moment blog carnival. Amanda has been living with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, or PSC for the last 18 years. She found out two months ago that her disease has progressed to the point where she needs a liver transplant NOW.

Despite her very serious health crisis, she is taking the time to raise money for LifeBanc through their annual Run and Walk for Life event on August 14, 2010.

Can you help Amanda by supporting her fundraising efforts?

The following is an excerpt from Amanda's blog Amanda's Journey.

Amanda is 22 years old.
Amanda needs a new liver, or she will die.
This story is more common than you’d think.

Dear friends, family and community,

If it weren’t for LifeBanc educating people on the importance of donation, I’d probably be waiting much longer to get healthy again. Since they educate people about the importance of registering and teach the public how to register as an organ/tissue donor in the first place, I’m not afraid.

In honor of whomever’s liver I will receive, I wanted to head up a team in LifeBanc’s annual Walk and Run for Life. While waiting for a liver and spending so much time going through testing, I hesitated on the idea, but I knew in my heart that this was meant to be. I am additionally hoping that I can give all of you - my friends, family, and community - an experience that will stay in our hearts and minds forever.

My team is called Race for Amanda, and I’d be honored if you’d support us.

Depending on when my transplant takes place, I hope deeply in my heart to be there and thank each of you personally for supporting such a vital cause. I cannot express what your interest in this means to me.

Our team goal is $1000. What if each one of you asked everyone you knew for $1 and told them about the cause? (You can give donations on the website.) We’d definitely be on our way to being a success for LifeBanc!

Let’s rock this, Race for Amanda Team! :)

I sincerely hope to see your name on our website’s roster!

ALL proceeds from the Gift of Life Walk support programming to educate the public about the need of organ and tissue donation. I’ve volunteered enough with them LifeBanc to know that without their selfless hours, we probably wouldn’t have a smooth, successful organ-sharing system.

Remember, organ and tissue donors and recipients are more than statistics or medical stories. They are our neighbors. They’re our community. With your help, LifeBanc is working to save and heal more lives by educating Northeast Ohio about donation and increasing those designating their wishes to donate the gift of life.

Please check out http://www.lifebanc.org for more information about their cause.

To join or learn more about my team and the race, please visit this site: http://lifebanc.donorpages.com/2010GiftofLifeWalkRun/RaceforAmanda/

Thank you so much.

I wish health and happiness to all of you,


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