FOR THE MEDIA
Vancouver - Held every two years, the Canadian Transplant Games (CTG) is the premiere athletic celebration of sport for transplant recipients from across the country. More than 300 athletes, living donors, donor family members and supporters will converge on the beautiful UBC campus from July 2 to 7. Every athlete is already a victor by just being able to cross the finish line, but competition is fierce among the most elite participants. Games Manager Brenda Brown, a kidney recipient, says, “Prepare to be awestruck, moved to tears and overjoyed with delight as you watch transplant athletes as young as three and as young at heart as 78 years old compete to the best of their ability.”
The other goal of the Games is to encourage Canadians to register as organ donors. Though more than 90 per cent of Canadian support organ donation, only around 20 per cent have registered their intentions to be organ donors. There are currently more than 4000 people in our country waiting for their gift of life. Some of them will die while waiting. Brenda Brown is hopeful the Games will encourage people to have the conversation, “The important thing to remember is you are far more likely to need an organ than be in a position to donate. When you see what these recipients have been able to do with their second chances, it just affirms the importance of organ donation.”
The Vancouver 2018 Canadian Transplant Games take place July 2-7 at UBC Campus. Spectators are welcome to attend the sporting events.
Suggested athlete stories:
- Ed Kutz, Saskatoon: Ed is the oldest competitor at the Games. The 78 year old was told by his doctors 29 years ago that he'd be lucky to get about 20 years with his new kidney.
- Ryker Slaney, Surrey: Ryker is the youngest competitor at the Games. The three year old received a kidney transplant from his dad at two years of age.
- Addison McArthur, Vancouver: Addison's donor mom is in Vancouver to watch her compete. Addison received a heart transplant at three weeks of age from a six-day old baby in Nevada.
- Tonielle Pavlovic, Saskatoon: Tonielle and her three siblings all have the same genetic disease which means eventually they will all be kidney transplant recipients. Tonielle and her sister have already been transplanted. They are attending their first Games.
The Canadian Transplant Games are operated by the Canadian Transplant Association (CTA). The CTA was created in 1987 to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate the success of transplants in saving lives. We are a registered non-profit organization comprised of transplant recipients, athletes, and volunteers dedicated to promoting organ donation through public advocacy and events including the Canadian Transplant Games and World Transplant Games.
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Communications Lead, Vancouver 2018 Canadian Transplant Games