GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Organ donation and donor registration is the focus
of the 2012 Transplant Games of America, coming to Grand Rapids in July.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson joined representatives from the
West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health at the announcement of the
games Thursday morning.
Primarily the games will be held at the
Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University, with 1200 athletes from 46
states expected to participate between July 28-31.
"The Transplant Games
of America carry on a 22-year tradition bringing athletes and donor family
members together to celebrate and highlight the critical importance of organ
donation," Bill Ryan, the chairman of the Transplant Games of America, said in a
statement. "Spectrum Health's commitment to transplant services and organ
donation, plus their role in bringing the games to West Michigan, is greatly
Spectrum Health will provide volunteers, onside medical
coverage and treatment and work with community organizations on a goal of
registering at least 20,000 new donors by the time the Transplant games end.