Muscatine residents work to raise awareness about organ donation

KWQC | Elizabeth Goodsitt

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) — Some Muscatine residents are gearing up to say thank you to those who saved their lives. They will be taking to the field, track and course this summer to celebrate and raise awareness about organ donation.

“I’ve never been a big athlete. I’m a better cheerleader,” Kim Burdakin tells us. But in less than two months, she will be both. That’s because Burdakin is also a fighter, still here to talk about the liver transplant that saved her life. “This was 16 years ago,” she says. “I have two daughters, they were 9 and 12. And I was a single mom. So, for me, it was very devastating thinking that they may have to grow up without their mom.”

They didn’t have to. Now Burdakin and other members of Team Iowa are gearing up for the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, a multi-sport festival for transplant recipients and their living donors. Ann Bahn says, “It’s like the Olympics. It’s just fabulous. The competition is intense and there’s so much camaraderie.” Continue Reading 

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