Photo: About 2,000 Marylanders wait for a new organ (Donate Life Maryland / July 23, 2012)
Twenty-nine athletes who have received a donated organ or have donated one will represent Maryland in the 2012 Transplant Games of America, an annual awareness raising event.
The games aim to highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation, while also celebrating the lives or donors and recipients, according to event organizers. This year, the multi-sport competition will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 28-31.
The local competitors, in their 30s, 40, 50s and 60s, will compete on behalf of Donate Life Maryland, the nonprofit group that maintains the state’s donor registry through a partnership with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The group works to increase donor designations.