Wisconsin Town Hosts 'Transplant Games'

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A group of transplant patients in Wisconsin who once battled for their lives, are now battling one another in a friendly competition.
    
Roughly 1,500 transplant patients met in Madison, Wis. to compete in their own version of the Olympics, called the "U.S. Transplant Games."
    
The four-day athletic competition includes everything from swimming to track to basketball.
    
"It's cool to see that there are other people like me," said Michael Ziehr, recipient of two liver transplants. "That's kind of exciting."

The games are a national event intended to give transplant recipients a chance to exhibit their new-found strength.

"The drugs they take and the toll their illnesses have taken on their body makes it a little tough for them to be the kind of athlete that they might like, but here they're competing against athletes that have the same kind of situation and it makes for a wonderful thing," former Transplant Games Director Gary Green explained.

"The true meaning behind this event is to get more people to sign up to be organized tissue donors," said Trey Schwab, co-chair of the local games organizing committee.
    
Each competitor received a medal. However, the transplant survivors said the true victory was the life-saving organ they had received already.

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