RYE, NY (WCBS 880) – To participate in the New York City Marathon at 69-years-old is outstanding. To do it with a new heart that you just got in January is absolutely unbelievable.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

“This my opportunity to do it,” Peter Sinnott tells WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi.

Sinnott, who is from Rye, says people think he’s nuts for doing this, but in his heart, he says he’s doing this for Westchester Medical Center, where his surgery was performed and to raise awareness about organ donation.

Sinnott says, “Transplant people are able to get up and do the marathon.”

Sinnott says he’s been training everyday

“I told my doctor that I’m not gonna run, I’m gonna walk and he said ‘Why walk?’. He’s very enthusiastic,” says Sinnott.

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  1. David J Undis says:

    Peter Sinnott was very lucky to get a ¬¬¬¬¬Heart transplant. There are now over 108,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is another good way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – if you don’t agree to donate your organs when you die, then you go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ to live.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 50% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,200 members, including 774 members in New York.

    Please contact me – Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers – if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you’re interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

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