Double Organ Transplant Recipient Throws Ceremonial First Pitch

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Updated: 6/23 10:11 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Scott Birmingham is a familiar face at News 4. He works behind the scenes, and you may also recognize him as he gives you the latest movies 4 Your Review. On Sunday night, he traded in his News 4 hat for a night to shine some light on a cause that's near and dear to him and countless others.

"It’s incredibly possible that I might not be here today,” says Birmingham.

There was a time when Birmingham felt like he couldn't catch a break. About 18 months ago, he learned his kidneys were failing. Two months later, a bad car accident lead doctors to discover his liver too was failing.

"It equated to two months of life," he explains.

But someone, somewhere gave him his break, and a second chance at life by being an organ and tissue donor.

"I was given a gift,” he says. “And I’m glad someone thought to themselves to give that gift. And I’m forever grateful and forever indebted to them."

To pay it forward, Birmingham is sharing his story, this time, by throwing the ceremonial first pitch from the mound of the Reno Aces Ballpark.

"Hopefully someone will walk away being touched by my story, and that I was even able to walk out on that mound and even throw a ball."

Scott is one of the lucky ones. Donate life for Nevada says there are more than 130,000 people on the National Transplant Wait List.

"We're here at Aces Ballpark, so that's about enough to fill 14 ballparks at capacity,” says Zach Hauhauser of the California Transplant Network, and Donate Life Nevada.

It takes only a few minutes to sign up, and Birmingham is the living proof that making the decision to be a donor means so much more than a little heart on your driver’s license.

"We can help people. We really can help people. I hope that there's someone out there who will listen,” he says. “This is a great reminder that we can literally, literally save lives. "

To register to be an organ and tissue donor, visit DonateLifeNV.org




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