The annual U.S. Transplant Games, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, are an Olympic-style event for athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants of every type – kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. Transplant athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 12 different sports, including track and field, swimming, tennis, basketball, cycling and golf. Presented biennially by the National Kidney Foundation since 1990 and sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. Transplant Games draw participants from all over the country who are organized into 50 state teams.
As a member of 2010 Team Wisconsin, donor wife Jane Snowden was sponsored by RTI to attend the games, commemorating the life of her husband, Terry. Jane had the opportunity to march in the Games’ opening ceremony and participate in the Donor Recognition Ceremony, which honors donors and their families. Organ and tissue transplant recipients also shared reflections on how transplantation has changed their lives.