Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Local athletes going for the gold at Transplant Games



13 ABC Action News | Lissa Guyton

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - The Transplant Games are a multi-sport competition designed to help promote the need for organ and tissue donation. The event attracts thousands of transplant recipients from around the country.
This year the games are in Cleveland and northwest Ohio will be well represented.

Today Tonya Gomez has plenty of energy. It was a much different story before her double lung transplant. She was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs, "I was on oxygen and I barely had enough energy to take a shower, I would fall asleep in church."

She was put on the waiting list for a transplant, "I cried a lot. I said a lot of prayers. Ultimately, I knew that for me to get a transplant someone had to die and that was very hard."

Today is a bittersweet anniversary in her journey. 12 years ago, a 10-year-old Wisconsin boy died.The decision his family made, gave Tonya a second shot at life.

Tonya said not long after the transplant her energy returned and she's focused a lot of that energy on the Transplant Games. This year will mark her 6th appearance. Her donor's family will once again be there cheering her on, "I've been fortunate enough to win some medals. My donor's mom has been able to take some home and that's been nice. Without Adam, I wouldn't be here to do that." Continue reading

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_________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

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