The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) in Tupelo, welcomed eight riders from the Pedal for Life Organization, on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, to celebrate their efforts to promote the need for organ donation across the country. The Pedal for Life riders departed from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, to travel to the Donate Life America conference in New Orleans, LA. They will arrive on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, the final day of the conference. Their mission is to spread awareness of the shortage of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in towns and cities during their 1,150 mile ride across seven states in 12 days.
The riders were also given the opportunity to meet the donor family of tissue donor April Stamper, who saved and healed multiple lives through her gift of donation. Her parents Elizabeth and Doug Stamper and siblings McKenzie and Austin were a part of the welcoming committee for the Pedal for Life riders. April’s memory will be honored during the next leg of the route, and the riders will be carrying a picture of her as they ride.
- Photo caption: Pedal for Life rider Bruce Brockway shares the story of tissue donor April donor with the rest of his team.
Over 122,000 Americans, of all ages, are patiently awaiting an organ transplant. Pedal for Life is a non-profit organization that intends to bring more attention to this unnecessary situation. Bicycling is becoming more and more popular; either as a sport or as a commuting necessity. Pedal for Life intends to use this event and others like it to raise awareness for the need for organ donation in our country and is committed to moving the recipient waiting list for organ donation to zero.
MORA is one of 58 Organ Procurement Organizations across the county. The mission of MORA is to save and improve lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation.
MORA will also welcome the Pedal for Life team at the Clinton Visitor Center located at 1300 Pinehaven Drive in Clinton, MS at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19th, 2015.
To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, please go to www.donatelifems.org.