Transplant Games Update – Monday, 7/30/12

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.


If you thought Team Maryland won a lot of medals in Sunday’s events, wait until you see how many they won today! Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events:

Olivia Strama in the 25M dash

Track and Field – 1500M Racewalk
Norm Biondi, living donor – Silver Medal
Hae Young Kim, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Track and Field – 25M Dash
Olivia Strama, heart recipient – Gold Medal

Track and Field – 100M Dash
Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Kerry Murphy, liver recipient – Silver Medal
Henry Humm, heart & kidney recipient – Silver Medal
Emily Biondi, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal
Judy Postanowicz, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal
Hae Young Kim, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal

Kerry Murphy receives one of many track and field medals

Track and Field – 200M Dash
Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Henry Humm, heart & Kidney recipient – Gold Medal
Emily Biondi, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Track and Field – High Jump
Emily Biondi, kidney recipient – Gold Medal

Track and Field – Long Jump
Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Olivia Strama, heart recipient – Gold Medal
Emily Biondi, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Henry Humm passes the baton to kidney recipient Austin Lee in the men’s relay

Track and Field – Softball Throw
Norm Biondi, living donor – Silver Medal
Kerry Murphy, heart recipient – Silver Medal
Olivia Strama, heart recipient – Silver Medal

Track and Field – Discus
Norm Biondi, living donor – Gold Medal
Mike Butler, kidney & pancreas recipient – Gold Medal
Emily Biondi, kidney recipient – Gold Medal

Track and Field – Shotput
Kerry Murphy, heart recipient – Silver Medal
Mike Butler, kidney & pancreas recipient – Bronze Medal

Phil and Roy show off their badminton medals

Tennis Singles
Hilary Hoagwood, liver recipient – Silver Medal
Dave Yruma, kidney recipient – Silver Medal
Ben Sledge, kidney recipient – Bronze Medal

Badminton
Phil Cioffioni, kidney recipient – Gold Medal
Roy DeGrange, kidney recipient – Silver Medal

Basketball – Bronze Medal
Phil Cioffioni, kidney recipient
Austin Lee, kidney recipient
Ben Sledge, kidney recipient
Dave Yruma, kidney recipient
Jim Mozingo, kidney recipient
Kerry Murphy, heart recipient
Mike Butler, kidney & pancreas recipient

Wow, that is a lot of medals! 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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