April 17, 2012

The national organ transplant waitlist now exceeds 110,000 people, with three out of every four people waiting for a kidney. Sadly, about 18 people die each day waiting for organs because the need is far greater than the supply.

To help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, the Kidney Transplant Center at CAMC General Hospital, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the CAMC Foundation will sponsor the seventh annual “Power of Organ Donation Night” at Appalachian Power Park Friday, June 22.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet West Virginia native Quincy Wilson, who played college football for WVU from 1999-2003. He is best known for his unforgettable touchdown catch-and-run against the Miami Hurricanes in 2003. He went on to play professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. Quincy is the son of former NFL linebacker Otis Wilson, and became an advocate for organ donation after family friend and NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Walter Peyton, died of liver disease in 1999.

Current and former patients of CAMC’s Kidney Transplant Center will be honored on the field at 6:40 p.m. prior to the start of the WV Power baseball game at 7:05 p.m. The event will highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation by recognizing donors and recipients and giving fans the opportunity to sign donor cards. Plus, stop by the Kidney Transplant Center’s booth to meet Wilson and receive a free “Power of Organ Donation” T-shirt (while supplies last).

Power of Organ Donation Night at Appalachian Power Park
Friday, June 22
CAMC employee discount: $1 off per ticket (show ID badge)
Call (304) 344-2287 for ticket information.

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