We rolled out from Savile Road Bicycle Shop in Delmar, NY on Thursday, October 1. It was overcast and cool – which overall meant good cycling weather – especially for tackling the hills over West Sand Lake, Averill Park, Stephentown, and Hancock.
Our story got some great coverage from Albany media outlets! We hope it inspires more people to sign up to become organ donors!
Goal of 200-mile bike ride is raising awareness of organ donation
DELMAR – A 68-year-old heart transplant patient is on his way to Boston with his daughter to celebrate 20 since his transplant. Harold Strope and his daughter, Sara, are taking the same route from Delmar to Boston on bicycles instead of the ambulance he took in 1995. Doctors say: “Go for it.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – From Albany to Boston a father and daughter are biking in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harold’s heart transplant. Community members joined Sara Strope and her father, Harold, Thursday morning to send them off on their journey to Boston. The father-daughter duo departed from Delmar for a 200-mile bike trip to celebrate the anniversary.
Imagine a healthy, active, 48 year-old working man with a cold that just won’t go away. This common cold is a virus that creeps through his body, attacks his heart and destroys the muscle until it can only pump at 10% of its capacity. After just a few months, this man cannot climb a flight of stairs, cannot walk the family dog around the block, and cannot work. His only option for recovery is a heart transplant. And now, you are his only hope.
Anyone can sign up to be an organ donor, regardless of age, health, or religion. Yet, only 40% of Americans are registered donors. The gap between the number of organ donors and the number of people waiting for a transplant increases every day. 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant. These deaths could be prevented if more people were donors. As a donor, you could change the lives of up to 8 people by sharing your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
Thanks to the forward thinking and generosity of one person and his family, that once dying 48 year-old man – my father – is now 68. He loves cycling, helping neighbors with small home repairs, traveling with my mom, and cheering for me at triathlons.
One person. One heart. One box checked to be an organ donor – gave my family 20 more years. You can add over 160 years to your life by leaving your organs for another person in need.
Leave a legacy of life. Tell your friends and family about your intentions. Sign up to be an organ donor.
Did you know that only 38% of Americans are organ donors? And the gap between people in need of organ transplants and the number of available donors gets wider each day?
We certainly don’t make it easy to become a donor in the US. You can really only register at DMV. Only a few states allow you to register online. There’s no national organ donor list. Barely anyone offers education on what it means to be a donor – and what it means to receive an organ.
My father and I are ready to change this. We are ready to share our story of how an organ donor saved my father’s life 15 years ago. By participating in his first triathlon on Sunday, July 10, 2011 my Dad wants to show you how fulfilling life post-heart transplant can be. We want to encourage you to become an organ donor AND join our campaign to increase the organ donation rate across the US.
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That’s how many states have organ donation education at DMV. How many states have registries that are linked to those who sign up to become organ donors at DMV? 52 of 52. Seems clear to me – education is sorely needed to increase the organ donation rate in the US.
To see where your state stacks up with education about organ donation and what their policies are, check out this interactive map and chart.