Double-lung recipient from Chatham participating in Transplant Games

Randy Cooke is back to his active lifestyle after a double-lung transplant. He will compete in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America this weekend in Cleveland. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Randy Cooke has always been a hunter, fisherman, golfer and boating enthusiast, so the Chatham resident wasn’t about to let an incurable disease and double-lung transplant rob him of the things he loves.

“I decided right off the get-go I’m going to live my life,” said the 54-year-old father and grandfather.

Living his life included resuming an active lifestyle. Nearly five years after life-saving surgery, Cooke is doing many of the things he did before he had two new lungs transplanted in his chest. He’s also going back to the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style event held every two years for individuals who have undergone transplant surgeries.

“These Transplant Games are tremendous for more than the athletic part of it,” said Randy’s wife, Marleen Cooke, “because they’re all heroes and have gone through quite a large change in their lives.” Continue reading
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