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We love Ashley Eckstein over here at Legion of Leia. She’s the founder of Her Universe, which celebrates fangirls and brings us geek clothes for women and girls. She was also the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Today, however, we’re talking about her husband, Major League veteran David Eckstein and something wonderful that he’s doing for his 40th birthday.

David was one of MLB’s most successful shortstops and second basemen. He was even in the 2006 World Series. Now he’s giving back. For his birthday, he’s trying to raise $40,000 to help build the new Transplant House at Florida Hospital with a Crowdrise fundraiser campaign. You can donate here. It’s going to be a home away from home for families of people receiving organ donations.

This is personal for David, as four of his family members have received kidney transplants and three additional family members have donated their kidneys. (You can read more about it here.) “When I found out that my siblings had kidney disease, I wished that I could trade places with them, I wished that it had happened to me,” said David Eckstein. “I hated watching my siblings going through everything. I had to stay home while they went to Gainesville and our family was separated during the treatments and transplants. It was a scary time. I want to help other families who are going through a similar experience.”

Ashley has been working for the cause as well. “Before I met David, I knew very little about Organ Donation,” she said. “Now it’s become a huge part of my life. I’ve seen firsthand how it affects the entire family. The Organ Transplant House will provide a safe haven and a sense of stability during a tumultuous time. We appreciate anything that you can donate to this great cause.”

In addition to donating on the site, you can also write a check to:

Kathy Turner
Florida Hospital Foundation
2710 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32804

Please write the Eckstein Family Account in the memo line.

Florida Hospital Foundation Tax ID #59-2219301

May the Force be with you.

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