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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Local men and women to exercise new organs in Transplant Games

Transplant Games Bill Soloway trains for games
Bill Soloway, of Lower Makefield, who will be in the Transplant Games of America this weekend and is a heart transplant recipient, takes a break in the spin room of the Optimal Sport Health Club in Newtown Township on Tuesday, June 7, 2

BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES | Peg Quann

Bill Soloway was an avid cyclist until about three years ago.

Then his heart failed.

He couldn't climb a flight of stairs, never mind a steep hill on a bicycle.

Soloway had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart condition that had killed his brother at the age of 27. He was hospitalized and put on a list to get a new heart. As he waited, he remembered an earlier hospitalization when he chatted with a transplant recipient who participated in the Transplant Games of America.

"One night in the ICU, I remembered her visiting me. I made that my goal — to get back in shape and reclaim my life," he said.

Now the 50-year-old Lower Makefield man is preparing to participate in this year's Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio, and he hopes to race his way to victory in the bicycle events. He also will participate in racquetball, badminton, volleyball and bocce tournaments at the games, which run through June 15.

Transplant recipients Rob Montgomery, of Bensalem, and Guy Raudenbush, of Richland, will team up for the golf tournament. Continue reading
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