2010 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games a Wonderful Success
The Transplant Games are now a memory, but the work and commitment put forth to embrace the more than 5,000 people from 43 states who traveled to Madison was evident each day in many ways. We can all be proud of the gracious time and effort put into the success of the 2010 Games.
This event couldn't have been possible with the more than 1,200 volunteers over the five-day event. UW Hospital and Clinics CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky said it best when she shared her thoughts about the volunteers. "Their commitment and diligent execution were evident from the very first day through the closing ceremonies, making these Games a rousing success."
Athletes from as far away as Hawaii came to compete in and support this national event. More than 1,000 athletes participated in 13 different athletic events to showcase the success of transplantation. Teams were made up of donor recipients, living donors and family members of deceased donors, all of whom were appreciative of the support shown by our committee members and the local and statewide community who served as hosts.
Although the Games have ended, there is still a way to continue to celebrate life and support organ donation, because the memories live on in the beautiful corn maze at Schuster's Playtime Farm. The farm will continue to promote donation, and will feature Dottie Donor Dot and her mission to register donors, through October 31.
Perhaps your hospital or company would enjoy a group-outing at the farm? For every guest from your organization that comes to play and explore at the farm during the fall harvest season (now through Oct. 31, 2010), the farm will donate $1 back to the campaign, in your company's name. (Be sure to bring your company ID.)
The farm hosts events from one to the thousands, and invite you to join them to explore the corn maze, a hayride or some fun with their racing pigs!
Photos from the Transplant Games