As stated recently by Donate Life America, there are over 120,000 men, women and children in need of and still awaiting an organ donation that could save their life. For every 10 minutes that pass, yet another name is included in the long national organ transplant waiting list. Unfortunately, approximately 18 people die every day from a shortage of available organs. Thanks to thousands of known organ donors, nearly 30,000 organs and 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012.
Baylor’s St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) just announced its official sponsorship of this year’s Donate Life Transplant Games of America, scheduled to take place this July 11-15 in Houston, Texas. The sporting event aims to engage everyone involved in and concerned with organ and tissue donation, including those who have received donations, donors who are still alive, and their families hailing from all parts of the country.
Baylor SLMC’s Transplant business development manager, Tamara Ford, said in a recent press release that she and the institution are looking forward to the sports festival because it commemorates the “gift of life” passed on from donor to recipient. The medical center is honored to welcome back former patients who have either donated or received this gift, and see them support the cause along with their loved ones.
The event will be held in George R. Brown Convention Center’s BBVA Compass Stadium and in several other locations throughout Houston. The organizers are expecting the support of more than 2,000 athletes, eager to compete in a wide array of sports such as a 5-kilometer run, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, racquetball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and track and field. This year’s Transplant Games will not only feature sports, but will start and end with a bang with remarkable opening and closing rites, dedicated to the countless number of donors who have shared the gift of life.