Randel's Personal Page
My wife, Betty and me at the last U.S. Games in Madison
Mr. Randel Frank Anderson
It's a rare opportunity! You can help get Randel Anderson out of the country! What has me excited enough to leave the country? As most of you know, since my liver transplant in 2003 I have participated in four US Transplant Games (Olympic-style competition for people with solid organ transplants). In the past U.S. Games, I have won medals in the mile, half mile, quarter mile and shot put. The Games are always such a celebration of life. It's inspirational to be around others who've been given a second chance at life.
This summer I have the opportunity to participate in the World Transplant Games in Gothenburg, Sweden from June 17-24. I am so excited to have Betty and two of our children, Brett and Elise go with me to cheer me on. The challenge of competing in the above mentioned events internationally has been motivating for me.
The Transplant Games demonstrates the success of organ donation and transplantation around the world and calls attention to the critical need for more donors. Currently there are 100,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. alone and eighteen people die each day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant.
Here is where I'd like to ask for your help. The total registration fee plus room and board for me and Betty to attend the Games is $3,000. Fortunately we are given a fund-raising option. If you give a tax-deductible donation to the National Kidney Foundation it applies directly to payment of the above mentioned fees for Betty and me. Of course we will be paying for the flight and other trip expenses. Brett and Elise are on their own, but we're hoping they'll be able to get in to cheer me on at the track and field events.
Time is running short, however, as any donation you make must be received by March 31! The way to donate and receive a tax-deduction for your gift is to simply click on "Support Randel".
We've appreciated your thoughts and prayers as I've gone through the medical challenges of the past eight years. Thanks for your consideration of this opportunity,
The mission of the World Transplant Games® is to demonstrate the success of transplantation, honor those who have given the gift of life, and call attention to the need for more organ donors.
Funds raised will be used for TEAM USA, and local organ donation and transplantation-related activities.
- Nearly 100,000 people are currently on the waiting list in the United States.
- One tissue donor can help improve the lives of more than 50 people.
- An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
- Every 12 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
- More than two million Americans die each year, but only 15,000 die under circumstances that make them medically eligible to donate organs.
- Of the estimated 15,000 medically eligible to donate organs, only about 6,000 patients actually become donors.
- About 750,000 tissue transplants are performed each year in the United States.
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