Six days. More than ten sporting events. Approximately one hundred athletes from across Canada.
The competition is fierce, but the Canadian Transplant Games aren't your average athletic showcase.
Every two years, the Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) invites all organ transplant recipients from across the nation to compete in the Games. From lawn bowling to the five-kilometre race, organ recipient participants compete in an array of sports. Every organ recipient is welcome to participate – athleticism is not a mandatory requirement.
This summer, the CTA revealed Toronto will welcome the next Games in 2016.
"The Games in Toronto will show people what organ donation is, what it can do, and that it works," says Helen Farinha, a former Peter Munk Cardiac Centre patient and heart transplant recipient who helped bring the Transplant Games to Toronto...