Batter up! S.A. Missions to help groups promote organ, tissue, eye donation

WHAT: From Opening Night’s first pitch through several dates during the 2010 season, fans at San Antonio Missions baseball games will receive information on the life-saving gift of organ, tissue and eye donation.

More than 100,000 individuals nationwide — almost 10,000 in Texas — are on the national organ transplant wait list, and thousands of others await tissue and cornea transplants to restore mobility and sight.

WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 15, as the Missions open their home schedule with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals

WHERE: Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, 5757 Highway 90 West (78227)

WHO: Volunteers from the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), UT Health Science Center San Antonio / Allograft Resources, Transplants for Children and the University Transplant Center (a collaboration of the Health Science Center School of Medicine and University Health System)

NOTES: April is National Donate Life Month. Public service announcements during the baseball games will highlight the need for organ and tissue donation. Information will be available at tables in the ballpark, and recipients will be on the field to witness the first pitch of 2010. Fans can sign up to be donors at the tables.

More than 600,000 Texans have signed up with the state-authorized Glenda Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry to ensure that their wishes to be organ, eye and tissue donors are honored.

The Fireworks Extravaganza for Opening Night and the awareness program during the season are sponsored by UT Health Science Center Allograft Resources and TOSA.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 2 percent of all U.S. institutions receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled a record $259 million in fiscal year 2009. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced 27,000 graduates. The $753 million operating budget supports six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,”

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