Official Kickoff for the Donate Life Transplant Games

Lifebanc, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Eversight Ohio will host the Donate Life Transplant Games in Cleveland June 10-15, 2016. The Transplant Games are a multi-sport festival event to help promote the need for organ, eye and tissue donors and to demonstrate that transplantation is a treatment that does indeed work and honor those who have given the gift of life and sight. All athletes who will participate in the Transplant Games are organ, eye, tissue and bone marrow recipients or living donors. There are also special events and programs for the families of organ donors.

The Cleveland Cavalier Scream Team warmed up the crowd, with the help of Ohio Donor Registry mascot Honey Bee and the Transplant Games Phoenix mascot, Blaze.   Speakers at the event included Bill Ryan, President, Transplant Games of America, Mike Mulhall, VP Business Development, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Gordon Bowen, CEO, Lifebanc and Debbie May-Johnson, Executive Director, Eversight Ohio

The master of ceremony for the event was Q McCray, anchor/reporter for Channel 19 News. Q shared with the crowd that his mom is very ill and waiting for a life-saving lung transplant.  Three recipients joined Q on stage to share their experiences, which included Deanna Hartman a corneal recipient, Kaylyn Butler, a liver recipient and Peter (P.J.) Williams, a bone recipient.

The kick-off pep rally featured the unveiling of the Donate Life Transplant Games Torch that will travel the State of Ohio over the next six months to celebrate and spark excitement for the Transplant Games! The Torch will make stops throughout Ohio over the coming months and will return to Cleveland prior to the games.

Read more about the Donate Life Transplant Games and how you can participate.

SAY "YES"

Before I actually started working in the license bureau, I never even considered being a donor. I am on the front line every day asking people to say YES to become an organ and tissue donor. At first I looked at it as part of my job, but as I grew in knowledge, understanding and situations occurring, it allowed me to see the importance of it. I didn’t look at it as just my job anymore; I looked at it as an opportunity to help save lives and eventually became a donor myself."

Stephanie Drake - Deputy Registrar for the Shaker Heights License Bureau

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