Philadelphia, PA – Members of Gift of Life Donor Program’s Team Philadelphia went head-to-head with more than 6,000 athletes from across the country, medaling in track and field, swimming, basketball, bowling and more at the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America. Team Philly, made up of 78 organ transplant recipients, 15 living donors and 26 donor families, traveled to Cleveland, OH to participate in the Games from June 10-15, showcasing their athletic abilities and determination! Along with Team Philly’s athletes, donor family members, whose loved ones gave the gift of life, traveled as part of the team to cheer on the competitors.
Team Philly athletes, ranging in ages from 6-73, dominated at the Games, bringing home more than 100 medals – 25 bronze, 35 silver and 40 gold!
Montgomery County residents, Robert Supplee, Laura Schrack, Layla Hickey, Faith Carlin and Jim Melwert (Collegeville), competed as part of Team Philadelphia:
Kidney recipient, Robert Supplee, won two bronze medals in golf doubles and shot put – and won two gold in discus and softball throw.
Bi-lateral lung recipient, Laura Schrack, received the bronze for tennis singles.
Layla Hickey, heart recipient, took home the silver in darts.
Kidney and pancreas recipient, Faith Carlin, won a silver medal in softball throw.
Living kidney donor and KYW Newsradio 1060 radio personality, Jim Melwert, won an impressive 14 medals – eight gold, five silver and one bronze:
|400 M Dash||Gold|
|800 M Dash||Gold|
|100 M Dash||Silver|
|200 M Dash||Silver|
|1500 M Run||Silver|
The Games is an exciting, biennial Olympic-style competition for organ, corneal, bone marrow and tissue transplant recipients and living donors. Team Philadelphia, organized by Gift of Life Donor Program, has been in existence since the Transplant Games was founded in 1990. Over the past 26 years, Team Philly has become the largest traveling team. The purpose of the Transplant Games is to highlight the success of transplantation and share the inspiring stories of Team Philadelphia athletes and donor families.
About Gift of Life Donor Program
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has coordinated more than 42,000 organ transplants, along with an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. It only takes 30 seconds to register as an organ and tissue donor at donors1.org. Just one organ and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit donors1.org.