The Knee Injury
When Venezuelan midfielder Bernardo Añor of the Columbus Crew attributes his success on the field to his fans, take his word for it. Añor says his dream to play soccer professionally was made possible by his tissue donor.
Just a few years ago, Añor was kicked from behind during play and suffered a torn ligament requiring a tissue transplant to repair his knee. With the support of his family and friends, Añor underwent the successful procedure. Thankfully, Añor is now back in the game, and able to pursue his dream as a soccer player better than ever.
Añor, along with four other Columbus Crew athletes, is joining forces with Lifeline of Ohio, an independent, non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation—for the second consecutive season – for their “Heroes On and Off the Field” (Héroes En y Fuera del Campo) campaign.
First Kick 2012
The goal of the Heroes On and Off the Field campaign is to raise awareness about tissue and organ donation, beginning with “First Kick 2012,” the Columbus Crew’s first home game taking place this Saturday, March 24.
You can be a hero, and join the campaign, by registering as an organ and tissue donor.
Help raise awareness of this great cause and cheer on the Columbus Crew at their first game of the season. The first 10,000 attendees at “First Kick” this Saturday will receive a free commemorative scarf.
How you can Help
Organ and tissue donation saves thousands of lives and dreams each and every year, many of which are facilitated through Lifeline of Ohio. This season, Social Media Spanish is working with Lifeline of Ohio to set up a Facebook tab for Spanish speaking Ohioans so they may learn more about how they can sign up to save lives. Lifeline of Ohio communicates to the Spanish speaking community with more than just Facebook; they have a Spanish web page and compose Spanish tweets from the Lifeline of Ohio Twitter page to further engage the Hispanic community.
Whether you’re a fan of Añor, the Columbus Crew, want to donate, or simply want to learn more, visit: http://www.lifelineofohio.org/become-a-donor/how-to-register/ where you can sign up for information and register to donate. Just one click can save hundreds of lives!