Dear Friends and Family,
On May 6th & 7th my team mates and I will be running 191 miles through 36 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge on team Self Torturing Dumbasses (STD's) promoting organ donation. During the Golden Gate Relay, known as California's Longest Party, passing the baton to my next team member will symbolize the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient. We dedicate our run to Megan (Lamagna) Greco an organ donor as well as all the generous organ donors who help save lives.
Megan (Lamagna) Greco May 3, 1989 – May 19, 2012
Megan was a devoted stay at home mom and a loving wife. She was involved in many groups and was a very thoughtful caring person. If someone needed something, she was there to help them. In May of 2012, at the age of 23, Megan suffered a brain hemorrhage and succumbed to her injury. Megan was an organ donor and was able to save 6 lives through organ donation. She also donated non-life threatening organs, and helped many more people have a better quality of life. Organ donation has allowed Megan to continue to help people the way she has her whole life. Megan’s baby girl Gianna was only 2 when Megan passed and she’s now a beautiful 7 year old with her mother’s personality and enthusiasm for life.
Team STD is made up of family and we started running to support organ donation awareness because this cause is very familiar to our family. Bill Piper received a kidney transplant on February 22, 2003 after a 6 ½ year wait on the transplant list with UCSF. After 12 years his kidney started to fail and he was put back on dialysis and the transplant list. We were told to expect a 10 year wait for a kidney, but to our surprise he received a call from UC Davis and he received a kidney on March 2nd, which just happens to be Gianna’s birthday. Thanks to organ donors; Bill has been able to participate in The Relay with Team STD for the last 8 years as a volunteer and a runner.
Please discuss your personal wishes regarding organ donation with your family. This will allow loved ones to make an informed decision if you become a potential organ donor. Thanks in advance for your support of 125,000 Americans waiting for organ transplants.