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Northside Patient and Corneal Recipient to Compete in 2014 Transplant Games

Posted on: March 25, 2014


This summer, inspiring athletes from Georgia will take their skill, enthusiasm and passion to Houston, Texas to compete in one of the most exciting athletic events of the year, the Transplant Games of America, being held July 11-15, 2014.  The Games showcase the successes of transplantation – successes like Mari Fridenmaker, who received a corneal transplant at Northside Hospital in Atlanta in 2002.  Her transplant was performed by ophthalmologic surgeon Dr. David Palay.  This year will be the first time that corneal recipients are competing in the Transplant Games.

The Transplant Games is a biennial, Olympic-style competition for anyone who has received an organ, eye or tissue transplant and living donors.  It’s the world’s largest ever gathering of transplant recipients, with an anticipated 2500+ competitors representing all 50 states.  Events include track and field, swimming, basketball, volleyball, tennis and others.  Mari will be competing in three events – the 5K run, a 400m swim and a 20K cycle to be included in the virtual triathlon.

The Transplant Games also are a tribute to living and deceased organ, eye and tissue donors who make the miracle of transplantation possible.

Read more about the Transplant Games of America.

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