WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Kennywood Park marked National Roller Coaster Day in a very special way.READ MORE: Crews Spend Hours Trying To Gain Control Of Massive Scrapyard Fire On Neville Island
Twenty-five organ transplant recipients took Thursday’s opening run on the iconic Jack Rabbit.
But for these patients, their shouts of joy and elation had a deeper meaning.READ MORE: Pine-Richland Head Football Coach Eric Kasperowicz And Entire Coaching Staff Will Not Return In Fall
Transplant recipients, ages 7 to 50, packed the cars of the roller coaster to celebrate their second chance at life.
“I am a heart recipient of 11 years. It’s been awhile, but I’m able to live my life and ride roller coasters today because of my donor. I wouldn’t wake up without him,” said Brittany Grimm, one of the participants.
The Center for Organ Recovery and Education, CORE, was behind the event.MORE NEWS: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine To Remain In Limbo While Officials Seek More Evidence
There are 115,000 people around the country are waiting for an organ transplant.