This weekend donation advocates from around the nation will flock to Houston, Texas for the 2014 Transplant Games of America. While this athletic event includes a variety of competitions for a wide range of participants, every last ballroom dancer, trivia challenger, and basketball player share a connection to donation. Living donors, donor families, organ transplant recipients, tissue transplant recipients and medical professionals involved in transplantation are all welcomed to participate in this biennial, multi-sport festival.

The Games were created to spread awareness of the great need for organ and tissue donation and the life-changing potential of transplantation. While it still serves this purpose today, the event is also recognized as a meeting place for all those affected by organ, tissue, and cornea donation. Donors and donor families can see the impact of their brave generosity as recipients gratefully embrace their new lease on life.

LifeCenter Northwest  invites you, participant or not, to celebrate the heroic generosity of donors and donor families and the inspiring resiliency of recipients.

Last fall transplant recipients, including past Transplant Games participant Turner Prewitt, hospital staff and LifeCenter Northwest employees gathered at University of Washington Medical Center to sign the official 2014 Transplant Games flag as it passed through Seattle on a national tour before landing in Houston to kick off the event tomorrow.

Good luck to all of the athletes participating in the Games this weekend!  You serve as an inspiration to so many and are truly the epitome of strength and perseverance.

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Heart recipient, Turner Prewitt, thanks one of his transplant surgeons at UWMC
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A UWMC transplant physician signs the 2014 Transplant Games Flag

 

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Liver recipient Ameen Tabatabai and heart recipient Turner Prewitt share their stories at UWMC
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UWMC and LifeCenter Northwest staff gather to sign the 2014 Transplant Games flag