Transplant Games kick off in San Diego, raising organ donation awareness, community and hope
After Amy Frackowiak got her first kidney transplant in 2009, she wanted to stay active — she played both basketball and volleyball in high school — and wondered if there was anything similar to the Paralympic Games for transplant patients. That’s when she found the Transplant Games.
The biennial Olympic-style event, kicking off on Friday in San Diego, draws thousands of transplant recipients and living donors from around the country in its bid to drive awareness around organ donation, and create a community for patients and families. The six-day competition features 20 sports that are included in the Olympic Games — track and field, volleyball, cycling, swimming and tennis — but also includes non-athletic competitions such as darts, Texas Hold’em poker and cornhole.
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