||Fund raising efforts for the 2006 Transplant Games
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Tune up your body, mind and spirit and celebrate the U.S. Transplant Games or just have fun on a beautiful spring day playing in exhilarating games and treating yourself to a tantalizing Tailgate Party.
Join transplant recipients in Tune-Up events fashioned after those featured at the U.S. Transplant Games, an Olympic-style competition for organ and bone marrow recipients.
Events include a 3K Walk, soccer, softball throw, volleyball and disc golf. Kids (both young and old) will enjoy races, a bounce house, climb and slide and rock-climbing wall. Awards will be presented.
Then it's time to Tailgate and indulge in a scrumptious barbecue of baby Back Ribs, BBQ chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, brownies and cookies.
2006 Transplant Games
||In 1954 in Boston, Drs. John Merrill and Joseph E. Murray headed a team that performed the first successful kidney transplant. It was a living donor transplant from an identical twin. Dr. Murray received the 1990 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his pioneering work in organ transplantation. In recognition of Dr. Murray's contributions and the 50th anniversary of the first successful kidney transplant, Dr. Murray has been named the Honorary Chairman of the 2004 US Transplant Games. Dr. Murray, now 84 years of age, has responded, "I look forward to attending this wonderful celebration as I have been a supporter of the Transplant Games for many years."