Transplant Games Welcome Message from Dr. Bryan Becker
The 2010 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games® are absolutely amazing as they highlight the spirit of life, giving, and survivorship. The Games, an Olympic-style competition, have been supported by the National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) since their inception and have grown with each biennial event into a truly nationwide competition.
Madison as capital of a state with such an emphasis on organ donation and UW Health as the home of such an exceptional Transplant Program are such a perfect fit for the Transplant Games. Every biennium, the Games bring out stories that touch all of us and they do so with energy and vitality that embodies all that transplantation can deliver for patients.
The Games highlight the active lives that transplant recipients can lead following transplantation. This year will be the first to also host living donors as participants, expanding the recognition of the special gift that these individuals make for their recipients.
Families members who have experienced donation through their loved-one's gift of life are also honored, at a special ceremony that is one of the most memorable highlights for attendees.
The mission of the NKF is preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. NKF been a strong partner and leader in a vast number of transplant efforts and the Games represent the mission of the NKF at work.
As the President of the NKF and a transplant nephrologist in the UW Health Transplant Program, it is an honor and privilege to welcome the U.S. Transplant Games to Madison. Kudos to Trey Schwab, the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, all of the critical sponsors and the organizing committee for a spectacular run up to these games.
I hope everyone in UW Health and all of those in the community will come out to share in the spirit, joy and remembrance that make this event so special.