REDMOND, Wash. — May 16, 2013 — Donate Life America and equestrian eventer Jordán Linstedt of Redmond, Wash. today announced a partnership to support and encourage lifesaving organ donation registration. Linstedt’s father Gary William Linstedt received a liver transplant toward the end of his 23 year battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). The transplant gave Mr. Linstedt three additional healthy years with his family to celebrate his daughters’ successes and watch Ms. Linstedt’s riding career flourish. Ms. Linstedt and Donate Life America both believe passionately that passing on the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation is everyone’s responsibility.
“My dad always was and forever will be the source of my courage, determination and strength,” said Ms. Linstedt. “His gentle spirit guides my character while his resolve to fight for life pushes me toward my life-long dreams. I will forever be grateful to the donor whose liver gave my father new life for three years before he passed. Everyone has the power to give life by signing up as a donor today. It’s an important decision that may bring treasured time and immeasurable joy to another family.”
Ms. Linstedt set a goal to encourage 500 new members to register as an organ donor during the 2013 competitive season and join #TeamLinsted efforts to increase organ donation. To call attention to this cause, Ms. Linstedt will be riding with the Donate Life logo on her saddle pad at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. July 25-28, 2013. Ms. Linstedt will be riding her 10 year old Hanoverian named RevitaVet Capato at this year’s The Event. In the 2012, the pair had a beautiful fourth place finish in RevitaVet Capato’s first CIC2* event at this competition. The Event is a premier three-day equestian competion in the United States with over 450 of the world’s best horses and riders compete in eventing, an equestrian triathelon which includes dressage, show jumping and cross-country. With thousands of spectators excitely watching the competiton, horses and riders feel energy and pressure as they progress through The Event.
Currently nearly 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting lifesaving organ transplants (source: Donate Life America). Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.
“With her father’s spirit driving her gracious personality and fierce determination, Jordán’s support will inspire equestrian riders, fans and more to sign up today to save lives,” said David Fleming, president and CEO of Donate Life America. “Recently, after tireless work on behalf of Donate Life America and our partners, we surpassed 100 Million registered organ, eye and tissue donors. But there is still work to be done. Jordán, along with every other person who signs up, is invaluable in the efforts to save lives.”
Visit the Donate Life America website at www.DonateLife.net and register. After registration, please return to www.JordanLinstedtEventing.com and select new donor. Existing donors will have an opportunity to show their support through a link on Ms. Linstedt’s page as well. Every donor, along with Ms. Linstedt, will make a difference and bring new life to families waiting for organ donations.
About Gary William Linstedt
Ms. Linstedt’s father and biggest fan, Gary William Linstedt, was the second born of Kenneth and Grace Linstedt on May 1, 1950 in Seattle, Wash. A graduate of Shorecrest High School in 1968 where he was a standout basketball player and honors student, Mr. Linstedt attended the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business and played basketball for the Huskies. Mr. Linstedt’s passion for the sport led him into the arms of his wife of 23 years, Barbara Linstedt. Mrs. Linstedt met Gary at a pick-up basketball game on a summer afternoon in Kirkland, Wash. Mr. Linstedt’s passion and drive on the court transitioned to his life off the court where he excelled as a father and raised two beautiful daughters, Ms. Linstedt and Markelle Linstedt. Mr. Linstedt was often referred to as a gentle giant, standing at 6’6” with a calming disposition. His greatest joys were his family and watching his daughters ride.
In 1987, only a few months after his first daughter Ms. Linstedt was born, Mr. Linstedt learned he had a chronic liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). For 23 years, Mr. Linstedt fought a long, hard and painful battle with PSC that led him to the University of Washington Medical Center where he received a liver transplant in 2007 followed by years of excellent medical care. Mr. Linstedt’s courage, determination and gentle spirit left lasting impressions on his doctors, nurses, friends and family.
In 2007, Mr. Linstedt’s liver transplant brought new life to the Linstedt family and gave them three additional years together. Ms. Linstedt remembers, “Dad was present at holiday gatherings, attended my sister’s high school graduation and traveled to my horse shows. He was always my biggest fan.” On Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at his home in Redmond, Wash., Mr. Linstedt passed away at the young age of 60 years old. That day the community lost a gentle giant but his heart, strength and courage lives on and is visible every time Ms. Linstedt rides.
About Organ Donation and Transplantation
There are nearly 120,000 patients who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. [i],[ii]An average of 18 people die every day while waiting for a transplant; this is due to a shortage of available organs.[iii] Approximately 90 percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the essential steps that need to be taken in order to become a donor.[iv]
About Jordan Linstedt
Jordán Linstedt, 25, of Redmond, Wash. is top-level CCI**** equestrian event rider. She is currently training with the US Olympic Eventing Team Coach David O’Conner and the USEA Developing Riders in preparation for the prestigious 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in Lexington, Ky. on April 25-28. The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is the only CCI**** international level event in the United States, and Ms. Linstedt along with her 12 year old 17.3 hand Irish Sport Horse named Tullibards Hawkwind debuted last year with a brilliant top 30 finish. Ms. Linstedt is currently in California actively training and competing with Tullibards Hawkwind and RevitaVet Capato, her second mount and a nine year old Hanoverian. RevitaVet Capato moved up to the USEA Intermediate level in April 2012 and successfully competes at the CCI** level.
To see photos and videos of Jordán Linstedt, RevitaVet Capato and Tullibards Hawkwind, join #TeamLinstedt on Twitter or go to www.facebook.com/jordanlinstedteventing to catch the latest videos and interviews. More information on Linstedt and Jordàn Linstedt Eventing can also be found at www.jordanlinstedteventing.com.
Jordán Linstedt, 25, of Redmond, Washington is a rising star in the eventing community. In March of 2010, Linstedt competed in the International CIC*** at Galway Downs finishing seventh overall with her mount Tullibards Hawkwind and in July 2010, competed in the CIC*** at Rebecca farms finishing 12th. In November 2011, she returned to the CCI*** at Galway Downs finishing with a qualifying score to assure her and Tullibards Hawkwind a spot at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. She has ridden and trained with many top riders including Todd Trewin, John Camlin, Tamra Smith, Greg Best, Melissa Beardsley, and most recently Leslie Law who have all contributed a great deal to her success. Linstedt could not have made it to the top of the sport without the support of her many sponsors; Tom Neuman with RevitaVet, Purina Feeds, Grand Meadows, Revere Saddlery, YS Nutrition’s Equine-D, Redmond Equine, Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center, hit-air, Soless, Voltaire Design, Kerrits Preformance Equestrian Apparel, and Ford of Augusta who donated labor and materials on Linstedt’s Ford 450 that required repairs on the cross-country drive from Washington State to Florida to 2012. Linstedt started eventing only nine years ago and has rapidly emerged as a promising Eventer. Linstedt has a bright future ahead with aspirations of representing the United States in the Olympic Games. For additional information on Linstedt’s aspirations for the Olympics and her eventing services, please visit www.jordanlinstedteventing.com.