Organ Donor Awareness Begins Tonight

Players and coaches of the Jamestown Community College men’s basketball team show off the T-shirts that they’ll be wearing tonight as part of a month-long “Standing Tall for Cody” organ donor registration drive. The awareness campaign has been inspired by Post-Journal sportswriter Cody Crandall, who is awaiting a heart transplant. From the left are Terrance Cosby, head coach George Sisson, assistant coach Jim Rissel and Keshaun Howard. The Jayhawks will play Monroe CC in a doubleheader. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Cody Crandall has been a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester since mid-November, awaiting a heart transplant.

Crandall, a 2013 Jamestown Community College graduate and Post-Journal sportswriter who suffered viral heart failure last August, is not allowing his medical situation to deter him from promoting organ donor awareness and improving organ donor participation in New York state.

To assist Crandall, JCC’s athletic department and The Post-Journal have jumped on board to help raise awareness by coordinating a Standing Tall for Cody donor registration drive during JCC Jayhawks basketball games in February.

The home game schedule includes women’s/men’s doubleheaders at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 in addition to 1 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 24. JCC’s Physical Education Complex will also host Section VI high school boys and girls basketball playoffs during the week of Feb. 26.

Organizers estimate at least 10,000 people will be in JCC’s gym at some point during the tournament.

Players and coaches of the Jamestown Community College men’s basketball team show off the T-shirts that they’ll be wearing tonight as part of a month-long “Standing Tall for Cody” organ donor registration drive. The awareness campaign has been inspired by Post-Journal sportswriter Cody Crandall, who is awaiting a heart transplant. From the left are Terrance Cosby, head coach George Sisson, assistant coach Jim Rissel and Keshaun Howard. The Jayhawks will play Monroe CC in a doubleheader. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Online access for organ donation registration will be provided at a designated table during each college and sectional game. Standing Tall For Cody wristbands will be available, and a raffle for a 50-inch flat-screen TV, courtesy of Acme Appliance in Jamestown, will be held. JCC’s basketball teams will wear Standing Tall for Cody T-shirts during warmups.

“Being [in the hospital] has made me realize how many people are in need of life-saving transplant surgeries,” Crandall told The Post-Journal. “Also, through my own research and through the staff here at Strong, I have realized that New York has long had poor participation in organ donation, ranking last among the 50 states. I don’t think a lot of people realize how serious of an issue it is. I know I certainly didn’t before I became sick.”

For more information, contact JCC athletic director Keith Martin, 338-1261, JCC men’s basketball coach George Sisson, 338-1269, or Post-Journal sports editor Scott Kindberg, 969-5496.

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The Jamestown Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams will host national power Monroe CC in NJCAA Division II games this evening at the Physical Education Complex.

Pictured are the wristbands that will be available for a donation. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to the weather.

The Jayhawks will host the Tribunes in the women’s game beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monroe CC (18-1, 8-0) enters the game as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Tribunes are second in 3-pointers attempted and made per game, third in points per game and fifth in field goal percentage.

Jamestown CC lost in Rochester on Dec. 13, 101-89, despite a career-high 41 points from freshman Alexis Rodenbaugh. The Jayhawks (14-4, 6-2) are ninth in assists per game and 12th in field goal percentage.

The men’s game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Monroe CC (15-4, 7-1) enters as the 11th-ranked team in the country. The Tribunes beat the Jayhawks (6-12, 0-8) the first time they met, 86-70, in Rochester on Dec. 13.

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