Thousands of Athletes Set to Participate in the 2010 National Kidney Foundation’s U.S. Transplant Games
July 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment
The National Kidney Foundation 2010 U.S. Transplant Games will be held July 30 to August 4 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Started in 1982 with a group of determined transplant athlete pioneers gathered in Texas for the first regional Transplant Games, it has evolved into an Olympic–style, multi-day event for athletes who have received life–saving organ transplants of every type.
Transplant athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 12 different sports, including track and field, swimming, tennis, basketball, cycling and golf.
Said John Davis, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, “More than 100,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for life-saving organ transplants and 18 people die each day while waiting. The Transplant Games visually showcase the success of transplantation, demonstrating the life–saving power of organ donation. We hope our spirited competition will slam home the message that every American should consider becoming an organ donor.”
Attendance at the 2010 U.S. Transplant Games is expected to reach 7,000 people, including transplant athletes, their families and friends and families of organ donors. Athlete participants range in age from two to 85.
In addition to the rehabilitative benefits of this athletic competition, the U.S. Transplant Games provided a unique opportunity for transplant recipients to gather and share experiences, kindle friendships and celebrate their “ultimate second chance” at life while paying tribute to those who make it all possible—the donor families.
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To find out more about the Transplant Games and the athletes, and to learn about organ donation and transplantation check out the National Kidney Foundation’s website