How you can celebrate transplant superheroes

There are so many ways you can help out transplant patients. Michelle McCardell and Rachelle Montoya with the University of Utah Hospital Foundation and Transplant Buddy Foundation and transplant recipient Manny Ramierz talk about an upcoming event. 
 
Dust off your cape, lace up your shoes, and join us in celebrating transplant superheroes one step at a time. 
 
The Transplant Buddy Foundation presents Transplant Superhero 5K FUN Run/Walk for all ages on May 6, 2017. 
 
Join our efforts in raising funds and awareness for transplant patients and support those superheroes who have selflessly given a gift of life to others.
 
Its mission statement is to improve the longevity of transplanted organs, by providing transplant patients with resources to afford post transplant medications and by raising awareness of the financial aspects of solid organ transplant.
 
Same day registration starts at 8:00 AM until 8:45 AM and the race begins at 9:00 AM at the Big Field Pavilion located at Sugar House Park.
 
Race sign-in and t-shirt pick up will be the day of the race from 8:00 to 8:45 at the Big Field Pavilion.
Rachelle Montoya 801-581-3784 or rachelle.montoya@hsc.utah.edu
 
MANNY'S STORY: Manny is a 26-year-old young man from Salt Lake City.  He received a kidney transplant on May 20, 2014 from a living unrelated donor.  Manny was an avid athlete in high school and in 2007 was required to complete a sports physical.  That is when doctors discovered that he had kidney disease.  Ultimately, he was born with small kidneys and in 2013 was told that he would be required to have a kidney transplant or go on dialysis sooner than later. 
 
Manny is now happy and healthy.  He and his fiancé have 2 young daughters, and a son, that is due to be born on his transplant 3-year anniversary. 

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