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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

South Carolina team to compete in transplant games in Cleveland

POST AND COURIER | Derek Asberry
Sharon Kearns competed in the 2014 Transplant Games of America. Kearns received a liver transplant in 2008 and attends the games as a reminder of how transplants can help people live healthy lives. PROVIDED

About 22 people die each day in this country waiting for a transplant that could have saved their lives.

“I was as close to death as you can be without dying,” said Sharon Kearns, a 59-year-old Charleston resident who received a liver transplant in 2008.

Kearns is one of 23 South Carolinians who will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday to participate in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

Held every other year, the transplant games honor those whose have been impacted by eye, organ and tissue donation.

Team SC is made up of transplant recipients and living donors. The 23 competitors are part of a group of 95 that will travel to Cleveland. Events will include badminton, basketball, ballroom dancing, bowling, cycling, golf, poker and several other events.

During the 2014 games in Houston, Texas, Kearns won a bronze medal in table tennis. Continue reading
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