Team Nation's Capital
A team for WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY
Spread the message about the importance of organ donation and the second chance of life by participating in the Transplant Games of America.
The Transplant Games of America will take place July 28-31, 2012 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The multi-sport festival will attract organ, tissue and bone marrow transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families from across the country. The purpose of the Transplant Games of America is to spread the message about the importance of organ donation and the second chance of life.
Team Nation's Capital will send transplant and living organ donor athletes from the metropolitan Washington, DC area to compete against other teams in the Transplant Games of America. In 2010, a similar event was hosted in Madison, Wisconsin and featured 1,344 athletes, 776 donor families and 239 living donors. Team Nation's Capital sent 22 athletes and won 35 medals.
The Games are much more than medals. They showcase the success of transplantation while calling attention to the critical need for more donors in the U.S. More than 112,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, including over 89,000 waiting for kidneys. Every day 18 people die while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ. In the DC metropolitan area, there are more than 3,200 people wating for an organ.
We have partnered with the Washington Regional Transplant Community, which shares our purpose of raising awareness of organ and tissue donation.