Team Transplant Rides Elephant Rock 2016 was one for the books!
This year, our team comprised of 18 health care professionals, 8 transplant recipients, 8 living kidney and liver donors, 7 donor family members, and many supporters for a team total of 82 members. Together, we raised over $43,000 to provide mentorship and financial grants to the most vulnerable living donors and transplant recipients.
Team Transplant members were treated to many perks including free smoothies and massages, tasty treats like VooDoo doughnuts, Bobo’s Oat Bars and Deep River Valley potato chips, and amazing raffle prizes including a trip to Panama. We also had a Pasta Party catered by Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant the Friday before the ride where we gave away fantastic prizes like a two night stay at the Ritz and dinner at Elway’s, passes to Disneyland and a beach getaway to the island of St. Lucia.
This year, we also added a surprise fundraising twist: we left fundraising open until June 8th and at that time, all Team Transplant riders that raised $300 were entered into a raffle to win two tickets to our Transplant Hero Awards Gala. Congratulations to Renee Quintana and Miguel Nunez – we loved having you at the Gala!
We would like to give a big shout out to our top fundraisers. Vienna Danna snagged the number one spot this year with $7,075. Brian Cerise came in second with $2,649. There was fierce competition for the number three spot. While Andrew Nelson claimed the spot (and the prize!) at the Pasta Party on June 5th with $680, Alyna Waters continued to fundraise through June 8th and ended up coming in third overall with $715.
Thank you to all our amazing Team Transplant riders for their support. Together, we save lives!