(This is an except of a press release from the San Francisco Giants Community Fund)
The San Francisco Giants Community Fund, in partnership with the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) are hosting Donate Life Day.
On a day to encourage people to register to save lives through organ and tissue donation, two Northern California residents thankful for donation will be on the field on the foul lines as ball dudes.
Bryson White, 29, from Fresno is a kidney transplant recipient and part of a family which has had transplants due to kidney disease. His kidneys failed when he as a senior in high school for two years, he required dialysis to stay alive. A 2002 transplant allowed him to return to a normal life. A “die hard” Giants fan, he now educates the public about donation. “By registering as a donor, you change peoples’ lives.”
Steve Fratus, 56 from Castro Valley. His more than two year wait for a liver transplant left him “close to death.” Grateful for that 1996 gift of life, he accelerated his active lifestyle after the transplant. A climb of Mt. Shasta, a triathlon and “more importantly” being able to see his son get married and see the birth of his grandson are just a few of the “gifts” a donor has allowed him to experience. And now “being on the field, wearing the orange and black is something I will remember all my life.”
Also, calling “Play Ball” at the game will be Michael Brice, age 9 from Livermore, who received a heart and liver transplant.