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Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger 3

July 8th, 2014

Our final Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger is liver recipient, Bert Fox!

Competing in the Transplant Games means that I am alive!

In 1970, when I was 16, the doctors told my Mom that I wasn’t going to live to see 18 because I had the liver of an 80 yr old alcoholic.  That was when my 25 years of chronic active liver disease began.  I received my gift of life on 5/6/1995.  My donor’s name was Narciso Santiago.  I thank God and Narciso’s family for giving me another chance at life.  Narciso’s family decided to let him live on in others.

Fox, Bert
Now 19 years after my transplant, I tell the world that transplantation works.
The Games is an opportunity to  meet others that have fought hard to win their fight with disease and illness, just like me.  The Games is about a group of people who have won the prize of life because of the generosity of a stranger.  It’s a place where the last person coming to the “finish line” gets just as much applause as the guy who finished first.
I look forward to future Games, to meet up with friends that I have made through the years, and hope to participate in many years to come.

Bert L. Fox, Jr
Liver Transplant 5/6/95
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Volleyball and Swimming

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Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger 3

July 8th, 2014

Our final Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger is liver recipient, Bert Fox!

Competing in the Transplant Games means that I am alive!

In 1970, when I was 16, the doctors told my Mom that I wasn’t going to live to see 18 because I had the liver of an 80 yr old alcoholic.  That was when my 25 years of chronic active liver disease began.  I received my gift of life on 5/6/1995.  My donor’s name was Narciso Santiago.  I thank God and Narciso’s family for giving me another chance at life.  Narciso’s family decided to let him live on in others.
Now 19 years after my transplant, I tell the world that transplantation works.
The Games is an opportunity to  meet others that have fought hard to win their fight with disease and illness, just like me.  The Games is about a group of people who have won the prize of life because of the generosity of a stranger.  It’s a place where the last person coming to the “finish line” gets just as much applause as the guy who finished first.
I look forward to future Games, to meet up with friends that I have made through the years, and hope to participate in many years to come.

Bert L. Fox, Jr
Liver Transplant 5/6/95
Team Philly
Volleyball and Swimming

Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger 2

July 1st, 2014

Our second Guest Blogger joins us to share his story of how transplantation works.  We are only 10 days away from the Transplant Games of America!  Share the story of Ron Boris with your friends and family, follow along with us during the Transplant Games, and let’s show the world that Transplantation Works!

Borris, Ron

“On April 25, 2009, I was given the Second Chance at Life.  On that day I made a promise to my hero, Eddie, I would be his voice and spread the word about the importance of organ donation and I would live my life to the fullest.   I believe the best way to say “thank you” to my organ donor and his family is to promote organ donation.  I was able to see my daughter graduate, walk her down the aisle and I was blessed with a grandson and I am happy to say another one on the way.  I was finally free of all machines and I was able to finally live a normal life.  My transplant has brought our family closer and I was blessed to have an addition to our family….our Donor Family whom I can’t thank enough for changing my life.

Being able to participate in the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games of America, I am able to show people that organ donation does work and with organ donation you are able to live an enjoyable life. It is also a way to thank my donor family for the wonderful life they have given me.   Without Eddie’s generous Gift of Life, I would not be able to do half of the things I am able to do now, including participating in my 3rd U.S. Transplant Games. So with each basket I try and make, with every serve of the volleyball and with each dart I throw at the board it is done in honor of my donor, Eddie and his wonderful family.”

Ron Boris, Jr.

Heart Transplant Recipient

April 25, 2009 (Hershey Medical Center)

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Team Philadelphia Guest Blogger 1

June 26th, 2014

This is the story of Team Philadelphia athlete, John Hughes.John Hughes guest blog

 

I had kidney failure as a child in 1980 and my mother donated a kidney to me.  That kidney stayed with me for 17 years.  I was fortunate enough to receive another kidney in 2001, however, it rejected in 3 days.  In 2006, the good Lord found me worthy of receiving a third kidney.   I feel extremely blessed to be here today and to be able to compete in my first Transplant Games.  I will be bowling in the 2014 Games!

Competing in the Transplant Games, for me, is a different way to spread awareness on how important organ donation is… that it saves lives… and that just because you have difficulties, doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest.

I’m really looking forward to meeting many people and hearing/sharing their stories.

GO TEAM PHILLY!!!!

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Team Philadelphia is a group of transplant recipients, living donors, donor family members, and supporters who attend the Transplant Games of America every other summer to highlight transplant success and the importance of organ donation.

 

 

30 Stories in 30 Days, “INKED: The Permanence of Love”

April 30th, 2014

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DAY 30!

We’d like to thank you for following along with our blog series “INKED: The Permanence of Love” during our 30 Stories in 30 Days for National Donate Life Month!  Today is our final day of the series (and the month), so we are featuring the tattoos submitted by our audience members who did not take part in our Q&A session.  Instead, we have a photo of their tattoo and a brief explanation of what it means to them.  Enjoy!

Adam TattooAdam Hess

“This is my leg piece in honor of my son, Mason, who became a donor to four lucky people. My tattoo shows God’s hand guiding Mason to heaven. Mason is accompanied by his favorite stuffed animal, his little deer. The butterfly is symbolic to many religions as one’s soul leaving the body on his journey to heaven (we had a lot of butterflies around us around the time he passed), the lamb represents purity and innocence and was a perfect place for the Gift of Life symbol. The sunset sky makes me think how beautiful the view from heaven must be.”

Caitlin TattooCaitlin Elizabeth

“After a long struggle with a lung issue, my father received his double lung transplant in August of 2002, only to die of an infection in October. My father, and now I as well, was a big fan of David Bowie, especially his Ziggy Stardust days. The lightening bolt was his so called “symbol” and the quote reads “Oh love, you’re not alone” and is from the last song on the album. Whenever I need strength, I look to this and remind myself to promote people to donate.”

Dominique TattooDominique Transue

“This is in memory of my husband, Dave Transue. He had the biggest heart and it was unfortunately what led to his sudden death in December, 2012… he was 29. Being a donor was never a question as Dave and I have been passionate about donation almost as long as we were together. It started when I registered as a marrow donor when a friend’s mom was diagnosed with Leukemia. And it only grew from there, particularly because of my sorority sister, Julie, who inspired us all with her courage and strength she showed through her struggles with cystic fibrosis right up until she passed in January of 2011. It was because of Julie that Dave and I participated in Philadelphia’s Donor Dash that year (and my family continues to do so…and more friends will be joining us this year!)
This tattoo is on my right wrist and symbolizes Dave’s wonderful heart and our unity through music that will last, Always.
I just recently received a letter from a donor recipient that absolutely touched my heart and soul. I know it would make Dave so happy and proud that he continues helping others even in death.”

Edward TattooEdward Vetrano

“My daughter designed this and has it she gave me her Dad her kidney.”

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“I will be getting this one soon. Transplant was 12/9/10.”

Jade TattooJade Conroy

“I donated a kidney to my older brother in 2008. He passed away in 2012, but those extra 4 years will forever be cherished. This is on my back and he had a matching one on his stomach.”

30 Stories in 30 Days, “INKED: The Permanence of Love”

April 29th, 2014

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Day 29

We’d like to thank you for following along with our blog series “INKED: The Permanence of Love” during our 30 Stories in 30 Days for National Donate Life Month!  For the final two days of the series (and the month) we would like to feature the tattoos submitted by our audience members who did not take part in our Q&A session.  Instead, we have a photo of their tattoo and a brief explanation of what it means to them.  Enjoy!

 

Mayra TattooMayra Alejandra

“First and so far my only tattoo. I got it because my mom received a kidney transplant 18 years ago and is due for a new one soon. My brothers and I are all a match and plan for one of us to give her one of our kidneys.”

Sookie TattooSookie Ellis

“I donated a kidney to my fiance’ last June and this lion represents my courage!”

Liz TattooLiz Aldridge Malenfant

“My recipient (Victoria) and I have the same tattoo. Our initials and the kanji symbol for life. Reminds us of how precious life is. 2 year anniversary April 12th!”

Lynn TattooLynn Fisher Hauth

“In honor of my son’s heart transplant and other organ transplant recipients, I decided on a tattoo that represents my passion for organ/tissue donation.”

 
 

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