As a 4-time kidney transplant recipient, I know the need for organ donors. Four donors saved my life! Scooting 4Donors is a cross-country awareness campaign to register as many people as I can to the national organ donor registry. I will be driving a mobility scooter for this trip! In addition to kidney disease, I was born with bilateral hip dysplasia. Both of my hips are dislocated. I have gotten around relatively ok for the past 42 years, but age has worn my hips down and I now need to use a mobility scooter for long distances. I would say cross-country is a pretty long distance!
I did a practice run for 40 days and followed my transplant journey through the two states I have lived in for the majority of my life and received all four of my transplants. I began in Miami, Florida at Jackson Memorial Hospital where my mother gave me her kidney on August 26, 1987. I traveled north through Florida to Atlanta, Georgia where I received my final three kidneys. First was Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where my father gave me his kidney on October 6, 1994. Then I went across the street where my brother Kevin gave me his kidney on October 7, 1999 at Emory Hospital. Finally, I visited Piedmont Healthcare where I received my last kidney on February 24, 2016 from my hero, angel donor who selflessly donated after passing away. I then continued to Nashville to scoot through mountains.
Starting in February 2020, I will be traveling the country for the entire trip. I will start in Hilton Head, South Carolina and then scoot through North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. I will take an few day stop in Dallas, Texas where I was born on June 30, 1976 and where doctors told my parents I wouldn't live more than two years. From Dallas I will go through Texas, Oklahoma to Denver, Colorado, one of my favorite places to visit. From Denver I will head to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada in the heart of the southwest. Finally ending up in California to Los Angeles and north to San Fransisco. That's a total of 15 states!
Along the way, I will have transplant center visits and special awareness events. The entire purpose of this is to raise the organ donor registry in each state I visit and the national registry to help the 114,000+ patients waiting for a life saving organ.
I am raising money to help costs of this trip including:
Any money raised over what is used for the trip will be donated back to the transplant community!Thank you for your help and don't forget to register to be an organ donor!