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Donate Life Grand Prix Races for Donor Awareness

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Early Sunday afternoon, and after nearly 400 laps of competition the inaugural Donate Life Grand Prix had crowned its winner. Through stellar driving, good pit strategy, and a desire to support a great cause, team Accufab emerged as the overall winner for the first ever DLGP (Donate Life Grand Prix).

Accufab enjoyed a lap lead at the finish over a team sponsored by the Riverside Marriott. Seventeen teams from throughout the Southland participated in “The Race For Life” and all involved enjoy the spirit and camaraderie of racing for an inspiring cause: the urgent need for life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue donors.

The DLGP was the brainchild of o­neLegacy and Adams Kart Track who share a common connection: Tim Adams. “My family is o­ne touched by donation,” said Troy Adams of Adams Kart Track. “My dad is a recipient, so I know all too well the importance of organ and tissue donation. His involvement with o­neLegacy is the reason we put this all together. It was a wonderful way to promote awareness in the community, raise some money, and a great way for businesses to come together for a cause in a fun and exciting atmosphere.”

Tim is o­ne who doesn’t take his gift of life for granted. The long time Riverside resident is an ambassador for o­neLegacy and an avid speaker in the community. “Of all African American families that are approached to donate, approximately 30% do so. (This is called a "consent rate"),” comments Tim Adams.

“The consent rates in other ethnicities are as high as 65% with Caucasians and Hispanics. Without awareness we are dying. I was blessed, but thousands of others, every year are not as fortunate.” African Americans make up 27.4% of overall waiting lists and 35% of kidney waiting lists, due to high prevalence of high blood pressure and diabetes in the African American community.

Proceeds from the Donate Life Grand Prix will support the efforts of o­neLegacy and their partners in the Southern California Donate Life Network, whose community education programs inspire people through the Inland Empire to sign up with the state’s Donate Life California Registry. In doing so, they are helping more than 18,000 Californians o­n the organ transplant waiting list and tens of thousands of people each year who can recover their mobility and livelihood through tissue transplants.

Plans are already underway for the 2006 Donate Life Grand Prix, tentatively scheduled for the same time next year. Teams are planning next year’s strategies, while event organizers are thinking up ways to improve awareness, and add to the this very successful event. For information please contact Troy Adams at 951-686-3826.

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