Richmond Mom | Rhoda Day
Saturday, October 1, 2011 was a crisp, cool fall day in Richmond – the perfect setting for the first ever Virginia Transplant Games held at Clover Hill High School. Opening ceremonies didn’t leave a dry eye in the stadium as donor families, recipients, family, and friends stood together to celebrate life.
The games were established for two reasons:
to illustrate how organ, eye, tissue and bone marrow donation and transplantation works; allowing recipients of these precious gifts to live, full, healthy, and more active lives than they ever imagined; and
to reinforce how these gifts are generously given by Virginia citizens who can designate a decision to donate on the Virginia donor registry, DonateLifeVirginia.org.
Attending the event was an emotional experience for everyone – including donor families, organ recipients, and supporting friends and family. Knowing that so many people in attendance had either experienced the loss of a loved one who had donated life-saving tissue and organs, or had been a recipient of another person’s selfless giving and generosity, was overwhelming.
Read more: http://richmondmom.com/2011/10/02/famous-glee-pianist-performs-at-2011-virginia-transplant-games-closing-ceremonies/