Delicate Arch Flag Signing Event
Thanks to everyone who was able to promote the hike to Delicate Arch, and to those who were able to make the hike with us on Saturday.
We had about 40 people who joined in the hike and photo opportunity at Delicate Arch on Saturday. It was quite an adventure at the arch, because winds were upwards of 20 MPH – and when you’re trying to hold a 12’x8’ flag for a photo, heavy winds do not help the situation, but overall it was a great success and event!
One organ donor can save up to nine lives – and a group of those saved because someone was willing to donate an organ hiked to Delicate Arch to encourage others to register as an organ donor.
In fact, 739 people are on the organ transplant list in Utah. Sadly, many die before they can receive the life-saving organ.
Organ donation offers recipients a second chance at life and the ability to engage in activities they enjoy. During the hike, donors, organ recipients, family members, friends and others who support organ donation posed with and signed the Transplant Games of America flag while at Delicate Arch to celebrate the gift of life made possible through organ donation.
The Transplant Games of America flag is similar to the Olympic torch carried from venue to venue prior to the official games. It will be visiting various locations throughout Utah and southern Idaho to raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation leading up to the Transplant Games of America, hosted in Salt Lake City this August.
During the Transplant Games of America, thousands of organ transplant recipients and donors from around the nation will compete in basketball, cycling, swimming, volleyball, and much more. Team Utah-Idaho is one of the team competing and includes kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, bone marrow, cornea and tissue recipients from across Utah and Idaho.
The Transplant Games of America are supported locally by Intermountain Donor Services, Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Healthcare, and the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City.