Contra Costa Times | Patrick Brown
Bob Moss, 62, is doing lots of things these days he never imagined himself doing. He has taken up bowling for the first time in his life and was to compete in Michigan Saturday through Tuesday in the Transplant Games of America.
His bowling partner in the games is his fellow Livermore resident Michael Lause, the recipient of lungs donated from a Richmond policeman who died in a crash responding to a call.
The games bring organ recipients and families of deceased donors together to raise awareness for organ donation. The donors show their renewed physical abilities through sports such as bowling, running, swimming, basketball and golf. Moss hadn't played any sports since Little League, so bowling seemed like a good first step back into the sporting world. Lause and Moss have been practicing several times a week at Granada Bowl in Livermore in preparation for the games.
"In the games, even if you get gutter balls on every turn, they will still cheer you on and make you feel good," said Moss.
Moss, who has lived in Livermore since 1979, was in dire need of a heart and kidney transplant in 2005 due to complications related to his diabetes. For five years he waited for the organs while his body slowly deteriorated. His condition got so bad that in 2008 a doctor told him he'd have to live on the 10th floor of UCSF Medical Center until a donor was found. If a donor wasn't found soon, doctors told him, he would die.