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Councilmembers Mark Cuthbertson and Joan Cergol and The Town of Huntington present
Town of Huntington 5K Run to Save Lives
Saturday April 6, 2019 Greenlawn, NYRain or Shine: 5K Starts at 8:15AM at Oldfield Middle School
Christian Siems a 2012 graduate of Harborfields High School became sick at the end of his senior year. He could not breathe, or walk even a few feet, he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that enlarged his heart to the size of a small watermelon. The Doctors informed him that order to live he would need a lifesaving heart transplant. His journey to transplant was a hard road with some rough times but he was always filled with hope that a donor would be found in time.
On April 24 Christian received the call that he had been waiting for. A perfect match was found. Christian received the gift of life from Nicolas Brown a marine who saved Christian’s life and 4 others. “I thank my donor Nick every day, he saved my life, without Nick I would not be here.” said Christian
Not every transplant patient will be as lucky as Christian, New York ranks last in the country for registered donors. Every 18 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for a lifesaving transplant. We want to help change these statistics. Last year there were many runners in the race that were recipients and living donors showing that organ donation works
Seeing Christian and others that have received transplants will hopefully send a message to New Yorkers to register to be an organ donor to save lives. Last year, only 26% of New Yorkers were registered, compared to the national average of 50%.
For information on how to become an organ donor click HERE