SEMO baseball hosts annual Donate Life Game

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The baby blue jerseys worn by the Southeast Missouri State baseball team on Friday weren’t just for show.

The Donate Life Game, made possible by the partnership between Mid-America Transplant and SEMO athletics, raises awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

“It’s National Blue and Green Day, which are the colors of Donate Life, to honor and celebrate those families,” said Kevin Lee, Mid-America Transplant Chief Operating Officer Kevin Lee. “This is an opportunity for our team to engage with the public and fans of SEMO athletics to help promote organ and tissue donation.”

“One donor that we’re able to get signed up, that could change the lives for dozens of people,” said Nate Saverino, SEMO Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. “It’s a really cool program that’s definitely important to us and that we’re proud to be a part of.”

Lee said the impact of organ donation is felt, but not necessarily measured.

“It’s tremendously impactful to that recipient who saw another Thanksgiving, saw another Christmas, got to walk their daughter down the aisle, or a small child who is back at school, interacting with their friends, and running and playing,” he said. “These are tremendously important gifts, and you can’t really measure the impact, the ripple effect that has in their life and their entire family’s life.”

Joan Flieg, whose daughter’s donation impacted 42 people, said the answer to the question of whether you should become an organ donor is rather simple.

“You could make a difference in someone’s life who’s maybe waiting for a heart for 10 years or waiting for a kidney for 15 years, or waiting for a meniscus, they need a meniscus replacement. So I mean, why not?”

To become an organ donor, you can sign up through your state registry online or in person at your local motor vehicle department.

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