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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Utah County man wins 3 gold, 2 silver in Transplant Games

KUTV | Chris Miller

Lindon, Utah — (KUTV)

The annual Transplant Games of America wrapped up in Cleveland earlier this month. Utah took home top honors as the most decorated state per capita.

A Utah County man helped lead the way by earning a medal in every event he entered. Justin Henderson won gold for tennis, racquetball and basketball. He won silver medals for volleyball and doubles tennis. He admits, while it's fulfilling to be back at the top of his game, he's trying to use the opportunity to encourage more people to become organ donors.

"It's very humbling to go from thinking you're on top of the world to barely being alive," said Henderson.

He has a large scar on his stomach, where doctors inserted a new kidney two years ago. He now has three kidneys. His two original organs are affected with a severe autoimmune disease called, IgA Nephropathy. His new kidney was donated by his own living sister and it saved his life. Continue reading

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