Transplant Games Update – Saturday, 7/28/12

The 2012 Transplant Games of America are finally here! From July 27th – August 1st, Team Maryland, comprised of twenty-nine transplant recipients, living donors, and donor family members will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to represent Maryland as they compete in Olympic-style events. Like the Team Maryland Facebook page to stay updated on their progress at the games.

Team Maryland started out strong at the Transplant Games strong yesterday with seven team members earning medals in the following events:

The Team Maryland 5K runners (click to enlarge)

Emily Biondi, kidney recipient Silver Medal
Norm Biondi, living kidney donor – Silver Medal
Christa Gahagan, living donor – Silver Medal
June Fauver, team advocate – Bronze Medal
Ben Sledge, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal
Tina Sledge, team advocate – Bronze Medal

Hilary Hoagwood poses with her gold medal

Swimming – 200M IM
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipientGold Medal

Congrats Emily, Norm, Christa, June, Ben, Tina and Hilary, as well as everyone else who competed today! Way to make Maryland proud!

Good luck to those competing today – stay tuned for more updates!

To view a photo album (updated daily) of the games, visit Team Maryland’s Facebook page.


About Lauren

Lauren Muskauski is the communications associate at The Living Legacy Foundation. She heads up many community outreach initiatives and projects, with a focus on middle school, high school and college outreach. She also manages The LLF’s and Donate Life Maryland’s presence on social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Lauren’s commitment to donation started early when she registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the MVA upon receiving her first drivers’ license, but was then reinforced a few years later when her father passed away while waiting for a liver transplant. Now, she continues to be inspired on a daily basis by the generosity of donors and their families, as well as the gratitude exhibited by every recipient she meets.
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