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Kevin Underhill's heart is still beating

Old 05-03-10, 03:47 PM
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Kevin Underhill's heart is still beating

Last year we had a racer crash in a local crit series here in Austin and suffer fatal head injuries. It was a really sad moment in central Texas racing that affected a lot of folks. However, through a recent article in the Austin American Statesman, I discovered that Kevin's organs were donated, and it turns out his heart went to another local cyclist. Kevin may have passed but his heart is still beating and rolling down roads here in Austin. Simply amazing.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...inglePage=true
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Old 05-03-10, 04:26 PM
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... wow, this is incredibly touching
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I was so happy when I saw that in the paper.
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Must be allergies. My eyes are watering.
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Nice story, really nice. I wish organ donation were opt-out rather than opt-in. So many organs go to waste.
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Incredible story. I had a childhood friend pass recently because she couldn't get a liver in time. Just a few weeks before her 21st birthday.

BE A DONOR! Organ donation saves real lives, every day.
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BE A DONOR! Organ donation saves real lives, every day.
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I don't think people realize how many organ transplants are routinely performed.

I might watch 7 Pounds again tonight...
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Old 05-03-10, 06:52 PM
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Awesome, great story.
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Thanks for sharing that story.
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Wonderful...
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/me beams.

This is heart warming. I still don't understand why people are opposed to being donors.

"It's my body in someone else!" doesn't really matter once you're dead... It's not like they're doing something illicit with it.

Religious reasons I can somewhat understand, but am still hard pressed to because I don't see things the same way. So I suppose I don't understand and never will, but will respect.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
/me beams.

This is heart warming. I still don't understand why people are opposed to being donors.

"It's my body in someone else!" doesn't really matter once you're dead... It's not like they're doing something illicit with it.

Religious reasons I can somewhat understand, but am still hard pressed to because I don't see things the same way. So I suppose I don't understand and never will, but will respect.
I think for some people it's an admission of mortality, or maybe even superstition. As in, "If I offer to donate, then I might actually end up dead."

I have no objective reason to believe this, other than a little self-reflection. (For what it's worth, I'm signed up to be a donor, if it ever came to that.)

OP: Very touching story.
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Very touching story.

In Connectiut, registering as a donor is as simple as checking a box on your drivers license renewal form.
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Hello,

After the heartbreak of last year's story, this one is very welcome and appreciated.
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Looks like both Underhill and Murray are really wonderful people sad story with a happy ending. Life goes on. Become a donor if you are not already, there really is no sense in not doing so when you can help someone who is struggling after you are already gone.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
/me beams.

This is heart warming.
I still don't understand why people are opposed to being donors.

"It's my body in someone else!" doesn't really matter once you're dead... It's not like they're doing something illicit with it.

Religious reasons I can somewhat understand, but am still hard pressed to because I don't see things the same way. So I suppose I don't understand and never will, but will respect.
i'm a donor. that said, i did it more out of civic duty than genuine desire.

i don't mind passing along whatever useful bits that can help someone else live. what i have no interest in is having the remaining bits become the fodder of medical students.

one visit to an anatomy class in college was enough to convince me of that.
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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Great story!
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Very touching story.

In Connectiut, registering as a donor is as simple as checking a box on your drivers license renewal form.
Same as Ohio -
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Great story, thanks for sharing. I'm a donor as is my wife and daughter. I hope this story gets a few more people to make this decision and for me it made me feel better about mine. Cheers
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This race series in which he was killed is literally probably one of the best (and ironically one of the safest) weekly series in the country and damn skippy is the best in Texas IMO. A big part of the reason is the race promoter Andrew Willis. This really hit him hard and he still thinks of Kevin everyday. He was at the site of the accident of course, but he also sat at the hospital for hours waiting on news about Kevin. He ended up having to drive Kevin's car from the race venue to Kevin's girlfriend's house a day or so after the accident. During the drive he got the call that Kevin wasn't going to make it. He was also there when they pronounced Kevin dead 3 days after the accident. It really roughed him up.

Ron, the transplant recipient, emailed him a couple weeks ago to touch base. Shows the character of Ron I think that he is reaching out to the people affected by Kevin and his tragedy. Looks like Kevin's heart went to a class act.

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Awesome story, both sound like wonderful people.

Why anyone would not be an organ donor is beyond me, I've been one since the day I got my license. My nephew was close to death a few years ago, he needed a new liver ASAP. He got one and is doing much better.
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The other positive that came from Kevin's death is that the promoter Andrew Willis now requires all first time racers to go through a series of classes before they can race. The classes are sponsored by a good friend of mine and put on by Super Squadra..they are designed to give new racers a taste of what it's like to be in a race so hopefully they will be better prepared for what might occur. It's a pity that these types of classes aren't required by USAC...the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
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Yeah - I wish something like that would've been available for my first race. First race I jumped into, totally green, was 35+ masters AT&T crit in downtown Austin. At the time I was disappointed I only lasted half the race and then pulled over to puke. Looking back now I'm happy with the fact I didn't crash and die going hot into turns at 27mph with guys inches away from me in all directions.
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