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GNC LIVE WELL LIBERTY MILE
RUN 1 FOR LUCAS
July 31, 2015
To sign up, click here:
June 29, 2015
Contact: Kelsey Jackson, P 412-586-7785 x101; M 417-425-9400
Alt. Contact: Karen Fredette, 412-952-5202
GNC Live Well LIBERTY MILE Hosts
“Run 1 For Lucas”:
Runners Can Register Today To Support Lucas Goeller
June 25, 2015; Pittsburgh – The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile announces “Run 1 For Lucas,” an opportunity for Pittsburgh runners of all ages and abilities to dedicate their one-mile run to two-year-old Lucas Goeller, the local youngster who has waited more than 18 months for a lifesaving liver transplant. The event is hosted by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), and race organizers hope “Run 1 For Lucas” will help encourage families who are faced with the decision to say yes to organ donation.
“My niece received a pediatric heart transplant 22 years ago in Pittsburgh, so I have seen first-hand how organ transplantation saves lives,” says Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO. “We hope ‘Run 1 For Lucas’ gives hundreds of runners the opportunity to express their support and share hope and inspiration with the Goellers as they wait for a donor. We also hope our event plays a part in helping to spread the word — locally and nationally — about the desperate need for organ donation.”
To register to Run 1 For Lucas, visit www.libertymile.org and click “Register Now” and then click “SignUp” to start the process. Choose Youth or Adult Run 1 For Lucas as your event. If you are registering for the Masters, Unstoppable or Team Challenge, you can still dedicate your run to Lucas by indicating it during the registration process. For more information about Lucas Goeller, visit www.savelucasgoeller.com. You can post your support for Lucas on his facebook page (www.facebook.com/SaveLucasGoeller, and share his story on your own page, to spread the word of the desperate need for donor organs.
If you want to be sure your organs are donated after your death, you can register as an organ donor at CORE – Center for Organ Recovery and Education www.core.org or www.DonateLife.net, and discuss your wishes with your family. Approximately 124,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States today, and eighteen people die every day while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
About the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
Organized by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is Pittsburgh’s premier street race for all ages and abilities and offers a $25,000 prize purse with $4000 for each American Pro Mile champion. The 4th edition is part of the 2015 Bring Back the Mile Tour. Read more at: http://libertymile.org/.
About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy, and active! Read more at www.P3R.org.
UPDATE: POSSIBLE LIVER FOR LUCAS
Pittsburgh, July 1, 2015 – 2-year-old Lucas Goeller has received his first ever offer for a lifesaving, direct donation of a liver, after 18 long months on the waiting list. This is only the beginning of what the Goellers hope will be a successful transplant story, although many challenges lie ahead. The family is enroute back from Ohio to Pittsburgh now with Lucas, who was undergoing further evaluation.
This private and direct organ donation opportunity has only arisen because of the success of the grassroots organ donor awareness campaign. So many people have rallied around Lucas, and today, the Goeller family hopes these same people will keep the donor and the donor family in their thoughts and prayers. This family is coping with the loss of their loved one, while at the same time selflessly trying to help others through the amazing gift of organ donation.
The Goellers first learned of this possibility over the weekend, through a private facebook communication from the mother of a terminally ill child. Knowing time was limited for their little one, the family offered to make a directed liver donation to Lucas. On Monday evening, the donor family’s worst fears came true when their child was declared brain dead. Currently, the donor family is working with their local organ transplant team to recover organ and tissue, in hopes of giving other children, including Lucas, the gift of life.
Many hurdles still remain. First, the donor does not share Lucas’s blood type, although Lucas’s doctors are reassuring that this discrepancy is manageable. Second, the child did have a terminal illness, and physicians must determine if the liver is safe for donation; this hurdle also seems to be surmountable. Finally, the liver must be successfully harvested and transferred to Pittsburgh for surgery.
For the Goellers, they are overwhelmed with both hope for Lucas, and sorrow for the donor and donor family. Again, the Goellers ask that everyone who has shown support for Lucas please also offer up kind thoughts and prayers for a youngster who passed away too soon, and a grieving family with the strength and grace to take the time to think of others in their time of sorrow.
URGENT: 2-Year Old Lucas Goeller Hospitalized
With Serious Infection; Likely to Undergo Surgery Today.
Quest for Donor Liver More Urgent Than Ever
June 24, 2014; Pittsburgh – 2-year-old Lucas Goeller, who has spent over 18 months waiting for a lifesaving liver transplant, is currently hospitalized at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, and continues his uphill battle. At a checkup yesterday, his medical team discovered stagnant “lakes” of infected bile and fluid in his damaged liver. Doctors don’t believe Lucas has the strength to fight a systemic infection and are desperately working to keep the infection confined to the liver, with antibiotics followed by surgery.
The family asks that as many people as possible visit the Save Lucas facebook page (www.facebook.com/SaveLucasGoeller ) and share his story on your own page, to spread the word of the desperate need for donor organs. The family encourages any family faced with the choice to say, “Yes,” to organ donation. Most especially, they are hoping a family will hear of Lucas’ fight and make a “directed donation” of a liver to Lucas Goeller at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. A direct donation means that a family donating their loved ones organs tells their medical team that they wish to specify Lucas Goeller as the liver recipient. No matter where in the country this may happen, if the donated liver is a medical match for Lucas, he will be the recipient of the liver – ending his agonizing wait, and hopefully saving his young life.
Jessica Goeller, Lucas’s mother, thanks everyone for their prayers and support. Jessica said today, “We thank God for sending us into the hospital for low sodium levels, only to find out Lucas has large bile lakes in his liver. God has given the medical team another opportunity to save his life!”
To become an organ donor, visit www.DonateLife.net, and discuss your wishes with your family. To make a direct donation to Lucas Goeller or another individual in need, inform your medical team of your request. Approximately 124,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States today. 18 people die every day while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
Contact: Theresa Goeller – 412 519-4659
Save Lucas Goeller: Family and Community Unite
To Find a Liver for Dying 2-Year-Old
June 17, 2014 — As an infant, Lucas Goeller was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare and life-threatening condition which effects approximately 1 in 10,000 infants. The primary treatment, known as the Kasai Procedure, failed, leaving only one hope for Lucas – a liver transplant. For the last 18 months, Lucas has awaited a life-saving liver transplant, all the while getting more and more ill. His family has waited patiently and prayerfully, through multiple hospitalizations. As Lucas grows ever weaker, this week, his family decided to take their story public in the hopes that someone, somewhere could help – and the community response has been overwhelming.
On Monday, June 15, a Facebook page was launched and within 48 hours, it has received 2900 “likes.” A GoFundMe account was started in hopes that the money might help raise awareness of Lucas’s plight, and $4000 was raised in the first 24 hours. Lamar Advertising learned of the situation and immediately donated, free of charge, 25 electronic billboards, which were up and running within hours. Today, on June 17, the family posted a website at www.savelucasgoeller.com.
For the Goeller family, time is running out, and they await with hope and anxiety for Lucas to receive a life-saving liver transplant. Lucas needs an entire liver and is not a candidate for a living related donation. They struggle with the sadness of knowing that when and if they receive the long-awaited call saying there is a liver for Lucas, it will mean another family is going through the heartbreak of losing a loved one.
Lucas is one of an estimated 120,000 individuals nationwide on the transplant waiting list. For Lucas, time is running out. His hardened and distended liver is applying growing pressure on his lungs, making it difficult to breathe. He has difficulty digesting food, and has very limited muscular development and mobility. If he waits too long, he will become too sick to receive a donor organ. The Goeller’s hope is that their campaign to educate the community on Lucas’s plight will encourage every family faced with the choice, to say “yes” to organ donation. A family can also specifically state they’d like to donate an organ to Lucas Goeller – he can be saved by a matching liver, type 0+ or 0-, from an infant through to a young adult.
The Goellers wish to thank all of those who are helping them in their search to help save Lucas’s life. Anyone can help, whether it be through “liking” their facebook page, sharing the story to help publicize Lucas’s fight for life, or talking to others about organ donation and letting friends and family members know that when your times comes, you wish to be an organ donor. To register as an organ donor, go to the Donate Life website and click on your state.
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