Monday, July 14, 2008

Transplant Games... continued

An audience of transplant donors, recipients, and their family and friends cheerfully watch athletes play badminton as a part of the U.S. Transplant Games held at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

One family from Chicago suffers from a genetic kidney disease called Polycystic Kidneys (PKD), are all watching a family member play from the bleachers.

"This is our family vacation now," Joanne Vianueva said. "We're all here just for the fun of it, and to repay donors... Donor families saved my mother's life and my sister's life."

For Joanne, it was one of her sisters who did not develop the PKD that saved her life.

You cry a lot when you're here, she added. All of the participants who are playing the games would not have survived had they not found an organ.

There are various events of the U.S. Transplant Games being held in the Pittsburgh area through Wednesday night.

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