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Athletes Bring Back Medals from the Transplant Games of America
Thirteen Nemours athletes competed in the Games.
Sixty-five organ transplant recipients, including 13 athletes who were transplanted at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, traveled to Grand Rapids, MI, to compete in the Transplant Games of America in July as part of Gift of Life’s Team Philadelphia.
The 2012 Transplant Games took place July 28-31, and featured more than 1,100 athletes participating in 12 sports including track and field, tennis, swimming, basketball, bowling, and more.
The 2012 U.S. Transplant Games was a biennial, Olympic-style competition for anyone who has received a life-saving transplant — including heart, liver, lung, kidney, pancreas, and bone marrow recipients — and living donors.
Team Philly members ranged in age from 8 to 75, and competed against other recipients and living donors from 48 states, Mexico, and Canada. This year, Team Philly took home an impressive 83 medals in 12 sports from the games.
Nemours was represented by children and teens ages 8 to 17 — nine liver transplant recipients, two kidney transplant recipients, and two heart transplant recipients:
- Brandon Barrett, 17
- Jaylen Bryant, 9
- Gabe Clark, 14
- Astrid Deleon, 13
- Brandon Fuscia, 8
- Bobby Galvin, 14
- Jayda Hamilton, 11
- Matthew Iannone, 12
- Isaak Jones, 13
- Onye Kenine, 8
- Dontayshia Tingle, 17
- Jenna Valle, 12
- Tre Wright, 12
All athletes medaled in at least one sport.
Altogether, the Nemours contingent earned an impressive two gold medals, five silver medals, and six bronze medals.
Team Philly was organized by Gift of Life Donor Program, the non-profit, federally designated organ and tissue donor network serving eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, to highlight the success of organ transplantation and draw attention to the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in this region.
Congratulations to Team Philly and especially to our Nemours athletes!