We finally took the video campaign cross country and attended the 2018 Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was my first time at the Transplant Games and what an experience it is. To spend an entire week around thousands of recipients, living donors, and advocates of donation was a truly humbling experience. The best part was Pumper being able to get out and show some of his athletic ability by competing in a few events! This video is just a small sampling of everything we were able to do while in Salt Lake City. Enjoy!
Pumper and the rest of the team made the trek up to Pocono Raceway for their first NASCAR race, and it was awesome! None of us had been to a race before and we're all a little spoiled now after getting to spend the day in the pits with the entire crew. This was all made possible because of the help of NASCAR driver Joey Gase and his Go Green Racing team. Joey's mom was a donor when she passed away and Joey carries on her legacy by driving the Donate Life car and raising awareness for donation everywhere he goes. While we didn't make it for the pace car ride like we were supposed to we all had a great time and loved being at our first race. It was great to connect with someone from a completely different background, but with the same goal of saving more lives through donation. Huge shoutout to Joey, his PR manager Mike, and the rest of their team for all the help and hospitality!
Welp, this one ended up being a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be when we scheduled it. I had reached out to my old college friend Elyse because I knew she was involved in a roller derby league up near Scranton. Since we were going to be in the area already I thought it would be great to put Pumper on some skates and see what he could do. The answer was not much! I hadn't been on skates in probably 15 years and this was not like getting back on a bike. It became pretty clear that I wouldn't be able to actually compete with the girls in an actual game, so instead we just had some fun with it and learned more about roller derby. We all have a new found respect for roller derby athletes and what they can do on skates. Want to give a huge shoutout to our new friends at the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Roller Derby league! They came out on a Sunday morning to help us shoot the video and babysit Pumper! Keep watching all summer as Pumper goes on more adventures!
This was definitely one of the events we were most excited about when we started planning this video campaign. I had reached out to Jim Greenbaum with Whitewater Adventures in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania back in January and he said we could definitely make it work. When we got to the rapids on the day of the shoot Jim and his entire staff went out of their way to accommodate us and make sure we were going to get the best footage possible. Even more importantly they kept all of us in the boats all day! We had a great time and Pumper was even able to help paddle a little bit throughout the trip. Hope you enjoy the video and keep following our adventures all summer!
We are super excited to officially launch our Hearts Desire Video Campaign today! All summer long we are going to be traveling around the country as Pumper the Heart does all kinds of fun and crazy activities. The point of the campaign is to show that organ, tissue, and cornea transplantation gives people a "second chance" at life and allows them to continue to chase their dreams, goals, and hearts desires. We would like to give a huge shout out to The 1889 Foundation who generously awarded us a grant to make this campaign a reality. So please follow us all summer, like and share our posts, and keep an eye out for all of Pumper's crazy adventures! And if you're not already an organ donor you can sign up by visiting www.registerme.org