Our Race to the 2010 Transplant Games Begins!

US Transplant Games LogoThe 2009 World Transplant Games just ended and that means it is time for us to start an action plan for the 2010 US Transplant Games. If you don’t already know, my husband and I are competing in the Transplant Olympics to be held in Madison, Wisconsin next year. Being a double lung transplant recipient, he gets the pleasure of picking from a number of athletic events including bowling, cycling, swimming, running, volleyball, basketball, racquetball and more! What is my husband competing in? Golf, of course!

Lucky for him because organ transplant recipients and donors get to participate in all the events. The families of those miracle patients and donors have one event to join; the 5K run! No – no golf for us but we can run our big hearts out!

So, as you can guess, my event is the 5K run and although I am far from a runner (I am a biker, volleyball player, yoga fanatic), it doesn’t bother me in the least. The way I see it, Greg went through the fight of his life just to stay alive. After 3.5 years of waiting for his bilateral lung transplant and 5 dry runs – not to mention the 9 months he spent on life support – a 5K run is a drop in the bucket. If he can survive through all that and come out stronger and healthier than he has ever been then I can do the same through not only completing the 5K run but bringing home the gold medal for Team Wisconsin!

So let the training begin and come August 2010, you will see a picture of both my gold medal for the 5K run and Greg’s gold medal for golf!

Stay tuned as we share this once in a lifetime experience with you all and further bring awareness to the Gift of Life!

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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