The Simon Keith Foundation is proud to announce the sponsorship of CLUB AMERICA vs CHIVAS DE GUADALAJARA at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas Nevada, July 3rd, 2013. Matching two of Mexico’s premier soccer teams, the showcase game is another example of the Foundation using sports as a way to promote Organ Donation. With a large spanish speaking crowd set to attend the game this is an opportunity to promote donation to a a vital section of the population.
Simon Keith is not only one of the longest-living heart transplant recipients, he is also the first to have ever played professional sports after a transplant. This is his remarkable story. It is the story of one of the most talented young soccer players in North America, on his way to playing for his country in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Unfortunately, Simon never made that trip. He was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease and given only a few weeks to live. Then something extraordinary happened. Perilously close to death, Simon received the gift of a heart donation. Simon was given a second chance, from the most ironic of donors. Following his heart transplant, not only did Simon return to play professional soccer becoming one of the best players in North America for the second time, he went on to live the life he always dreamed of having.Get the Book