by: Craig Davis | Sun Sentinel
Jill Morton is a shining example of making the most of second chances.
The Coral Springs resident competed last summer in her third National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games since receiving a life-saving kidney transplant. She won women’s tennis competition for the third time and added gold medals in the 5K run and 20K cycling.
Now she is training for the World Transplant Games in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 17-24, while continuing a quest to raise awareness for organ donation and the National Kidney Foundation. She will be the subject of a documentary film about her preparation and participation at the world games.
A kickoff of that project will be held in conjunction with World Kidney Day on Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at Boca Delray Renal Associates, 1905 Clint Moore Road, Suite 306, in Boca Raton.
Morton’s story is not so much about counting medals as inspiring others to follow her example. Since receiving her transplant from a good Samaritan donor in 2003, the single mother of two boys has become a CPA and started an accounting firm.
As she said in my feature story before the 2010 U.S. Transplant Games, “I actually look at it as a blessing. It changed my whole perspective on life. My life has been so enriched by this experience.”
To view video of Morton discussing how organ donation changed her life, and to learn more about her plans for the World Transplant Games or to donate to the WKF on her behalf, visit mist-productions.com.