Nevadans to compete in Donate Life Transplant Games

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Updated: 2/24/2014 12:15 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Donate Life Transplant Games flag is traveling throughout the country, passing through the hands of thousands of people given a second chance at life, including Tracy Copeland.

"If it wasn't for the decision of the Snow family to donate their son's organs, Terry Snow, I wouldn't be alive,” Copeland said.

In 1998, Copeland's liver failed for unknown reasons, and was in a coma. Miraculously, she spent three days on the donor transplant list before 19-year-old Terry Snow's fate would save her life.

"He was in a coma and on life support," said Copeland.

Snow's organ donations saved eight people. To honor him and those like him, Copeland is cycling in the Donate Life Transplant Games this summer. Her first time was in 2002.

"It’s not about the competition; it's really about the celebration of life."

Copeland says Snow's gift meant she was able to watch her daughter grow, and be a grandmother, all because of a little sticker. In California, a pink dot, and in Nevada, a red heart on your driver's license means you are an organ donor.

"I had no idea of the impact of that little pink dot,” says Copeland. “It wasn't until after my transplant when I learned how many people in the U.S. alone over 100 thousand people are waiting for a life-saving organ."

According to the California Transplant Donor Network, 18 people die per day in the U.S. without receiving a transplant.

The Life Transplant Games of America are expected to draw more than 3,000 participants to Houston this July. Nevadans will be forming a team to compete against 40 other teams at the games.
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tommyd - 2/23/2014 9:15 PM
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this is ashame. people dont care. nocomments? well i need a kendy and i need it now. im in gods hands so im faithful just wish folk would be more concius about love thy nebighor law. td.

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