Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gainesville’s first triathlon inspired by push for organ donations

GAINESVILLE TIMES | Kristin Oliver

Forty of North Georgia’s finest athletes took to the beaches, streets and paths Saturday at Don Carter State Park for Gainesville’s first-ever triathlon.

The G-ville Rookie Splash and Dash and Super Sprint Triathlon had approximately 40 participants and benefited Team Green, an organization started by Peter Kite.

The event was organized by Jacob Burke and his father Pat, after first hearing of Kite’s story years ago.

“Team Green was started in ’06 to bring awareness to transplant education and donor awareness, the need for donors of all types,” Kite said. “Being a three-time kidney transplant patient, this obviously is important to me.”

Kite was born with in-stage renal failure. His first kidney transplant lasted 16 years. The next was an “incompatible transplant” at Johns Hopkins Hospital, meaning the donor was not a perfect match. But that kidney lasted eight years. Continue reading
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