2011 World Transplant Games

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Me in the 20K  road race
Me in the 20K road race

Ian Christopher Vande Velde

113 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $3,000.00
Achieved: $3,395.00

Hello!  Jocelyn and I need your help in supporting a global message that's near and dear to our hearts.

This past July our hometown of Madison, Wisconsin hosted the 20th anniversary of the National Kidney Foundation US Transplant Games. In 1989, I had a life saving liver transplant to cure a liver condition that I was born with and have been very healthy ever since.  I had a great time meeting people from all over the country that have been blessed with the gift of life, along with many donor families who supported their loved ones in their decision to donate their organs and tissue.  Oh yeah, and I won both of the cycling events! 

The US Transplant Games take place every two years in a different US city and in the off year, the World Transplant Games takes place.  This year, the games are in Göteborg, Sweden and I'm going with Jocelyn to compete in the cycling events and to bond with even more people who are living full, healthy lives after transplantation!

About Team USA & the World Transplant Games

Team USA is managed by the National Kidney Foundation and consists of transplant recipients, their friends and families, living donors, donor families, transplant professionals and spectators from all over the world.

The World Transplant Games is the largest international athletics competition for recipients of all life-saving organ transplants. The Games serve to promote the health and fitness of its participants while showcasing the success of transplantation, highlighting the tremendous need for more organ and tissue donors, and honoring the thousands of selfless acts of love from donors and their families all over the world.

As much as the Games is an athletic event that calls attention to the success of organ and tissue transplantation, it is also a celebration of life among recipients, their families and friends as well as an opportunity to honor organ donors, without whose sacrifice thousands of individuals would not have survived.

How is Your Support Allocated?

The National Kidney Foundation will use your support towards their Organ Donation Fund, which is a pool of money used for the promotion of organ and tissue donation awareness.  These funds are used for various expenses such as events, advertising, lobbying and the US and World Transplant Games!

If you are interested in donating, click on the red "Support Ian!" button now!

Thank you for supporting me and the other Team USA members in our efforts to promote organ and tissue donation!

 

Mission

The mission of the World Transplant Games® is to demonstrate the success of transplantation, honor those who have given the gift of life, and call attention to the need for more organ donors.

Funds raised will be used for TEAM USA, and local organ donation and transplantation-related activities.

Transplant Statistics

  • Nearly 100,000 people are currently on the waiting list in the United States.

  • One tissue donor can help improve the lives of more than 50 people.

  • An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.

  • Every 12 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

  • More than two million Americans die each year, but only 15,000 die under circumstances that make them medically eligible to donate organs.

  • Of the estimated 15,000 medically eligible to donate organs, only about 6,000 patients actually become donors.

  • About 750,000 tissue transplants are performed each year in the United States.

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