Luca Salcone’s journey began at just 2 months old when he was among one of the youngest patients in Sacramento to be diagnosed with neonatal diabetes, better known as type 1 diabetes. Just four months later, Luca developed infantile spasms, a rare epilepsy disorder, which if not detected and treated right away could lead to brain damage. With his infantile spasms and diabetes under control, his parents’ joy was short-lived when they received the devastating news the following year that Luca was in need of a liver transplant. It began on Dec. 4, 2010, when Luca came down with a sudden illness and was rushed to the ICU at Sutter Memorial Hospital. Lehman Black, M.D., determined Luca’s liver enzymes were sky-high and had Luca airlifted to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Once at Stanford, Luca’s conditioned worsened and doctors diagnosed him with liver failure and immediately placed Luca at the top of the national organ donors list. As baby Luca’s condition worsened by each passing hour, the Salcones received the news they were waiting for– a liver match had been found just in time. Less than one week after his liver failure symptoms first began, Luca underwent a liver transplant. Luca and his parents, Chris and Katie, spent the next six weeks in the ICU at Lucille Packard and then another six weeks in the Ronald McDonald house nearby. “Luca’s parents know it’s because of the National Organ Registry that their son is alive today. In honor of Luca and other transplant patients and donors, they will be participating in the Team Donate Life relay race from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. The 12 member- 200-mile run promotes organ donations, where the passing of the baton from team members signifies the passing of one organ to another.