Heart Recipient Interview, Mascots On A Mission Launch!

March 1, 2010

Heart Recipient Meets Donor Family

Following our post last week about Melissa Simon’s participation in the Hustle Up the Hancock event, we wanted to share the link to this CBS interview with Melissa and her donor family. It was quite the special weekend for Melissa and the Coleman’s!

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Mascots On A Mission Campaign Launch

Well, it’s finally here!  Mascots On A Mission has launched!

Start getting ready for National Donate Life Month by checking out the site and be sure to subscribe to the blog for daily post updates. It’s going to be good…

-Scott

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More Than Just a Climb…

February 25, 2010

This Sunday, some of our favorite supporters and organ donation advocates from the Revive Hope crew are going to get a little exercise climbing all the way to the top of the infamous John Hancock building here in Chicago. For Steve Ferkau and Melissa Simon, the annual Hustle Up the Hancock event is far more than an early Sunday morning workout – it’s a tribute to the individual’s that helped save their lives through the power of organ donation.

Last week, I shared Melissa’s post detailing her anticipation around meeting her donor family. Yesterday, Melissa also shared some insight into just how important the Hustle event will be this year with her donor family there to cheer her on.

Melissa Simon with Steve's Climbing Crew - Kari's Klimbers

We wish Steve, Melissa and all the climbers the best of luck this week!

-Scott

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Hustle, Hearts and Hugs

February 27, 2009
Melissa with Kari's Klimbers

Melissa with Kari's Klimbers

Last weekend was the annual Hustle up the Hancock. The event is hosted by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and brings together over 4,000 people to climb to the top of the John Hancock Center to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.

This event is always a special one for lung transplant recipient Steve Ferkau as he climbs 1,632 steps to the top to honor his donor, Kari. This year was made particularly special as Steve was joined by a couple new fellow transplant recipients, Melissa and Megan.

Hop over to Revive  Hope to check out Melissa’s post on her experience. In addition, be sure to check out these Northwest Herald article’s on Megan (part 1 and part 2). Congrats to Megan and Melissa and everyone that joined Steve on on the journey to the top!

-Scott

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