Las Vegas, NV - March 25 - During the 6th annual Donate Life Night with the Las Vegas 51s, Nevada Donor Network will invite more than 2,000 of their supporters to fill the stands at Cashman Field in honor of National Donate Life Month. Through a strong partnership with Nevada Donor Network, the Las Vegas 51s work tirelessly to maximize every opportunity to promote donation throughout the year and particularly during Donate Life Night. Fans of the Las Vegas 51s are encouraged to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, becoming "Fans for Life" in honor of the 51s.
Local Nevadans who have received a lifesaving transplant, family members of donor heroes, and living donors will be introduced alongside Las Vegas 51s players during the pregame. One of the evening's very special honorees, Manny Solis, was diagnosed at just two months old with Denys-Drash syndrome. The rare genetic disorder caused his kidneys to deteriorate to the extent they needed to be removed. He stopped growing. Learning to walk was out of the question as Manny was imprisoned in his crib, enduring 10 to 15 hours of dialysis a day to survive. His adopted mother, Cynthia, gave him the gift of life when Manny was just two years old by donating one of her kidneys to him. Now a happy, healthy seven year old, Manny will be throwing out the honorary first pitch of the night!
Nevada Donor Network will have several information tables at the event to promote donation and encourage all in attendance to register as a donor hero in honor of the more than 120,000 people in the U.S. awaiting a lifesaving gift.
WHAT: Donate Life Night with the Las Vegas 51s
WHO: Nevada Donor Network and Las Vegas 51s
WHERE: Cashman Field, 850 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
WHEN: 7:05pm Saturday April 9, 2016: Las Vegas 51s vs. Fresno Grizzlies
CONTACT: Kelli Little, Nevada Donor Network, 702-750-3377 (office), 503-871-5772 (cell)
Jim Gemma, Las Vegas 51s, (702) 943-7226 (office)
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