Transplant Games Update – Sunday, 7/29/12

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 continued to rack up the medals in yesterday’s events:

Mike Gahagan and Jose Vargas show off the medals they each won in the 50 Back event in the swimming competition.

Swimming – 100 Breast
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Gold Medal

Swimming – 50 Fly
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Silver Medal

Swimming – 100 Free
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Bronze Medal

Swimming – 50 Back
Jose Vargas, heart recipient – Silver Medal
Mike Gahagan, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal

Racquetball
Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Christa Gahagan, living donor – Gold Medal
Roy DeGrange, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Roy DeGrange, Christa Gahagan and Norm Biondi proudly display the Maryland flag after receiving the medals they all earned in racquetball.

Bowling Mixed Doubles
Valerie Murray, liver recipient & Essie Wilson, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Eric Bredehoft, kidney recipient & Kerry Murphy, heart recipient – Bronze Medal

Table Tennis
Jim Mozingo, kidney recipient – Silver Medal
Dave Yruma – Silver Medal
Brian Hammann, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal

Congrats to everyone else who competed yesterday! 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.

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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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One Response to Transplant Games Update – Sunday, 7/29/12

  1. Nancy Umberger says:

    Hey Lauren, it’s Mrs. Umberger from Shady Spring. As I was following your story month ago I recognized a familiar face from my childhood. He is Michael Gahagan. His family and mine grew up on the same street. I see he got a medal. Your job sounds so awesome and I know you do a wonderful job.

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