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WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Kennywood Park marked National Roller Coaster Day in a very special way.

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Twenty-five organ transplant recipients took Thursday’s opening run on the iconic Jack Rabbit.

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But for these patients, their shouts of joy and elation had a deeper meaning.

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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.

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There are 115,000 people around the country are waiting for an organ transplant.