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One Mom's Perspective of the U.S. Transplant Games

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:13pm
In early June, I blogged aboutTeam Illinois gearing up for the U.S. Transplant Games, taking place July 11-16 in Pittsburgh. We've been working with the kind, hardworking folks over at theNational Kidney Foundation of Illinois(who coordinates Team Illinois) to get in touch with some of the athletes attending this year's games. It's been great to connect with some of the athletes as they prep for the big event, now just weeks away.

One such athlete that contacted us is Debby Ramsey of Zion, Ill. You see, Debby doesn't live a normal life. Rather, Debby lives a beyond impressive life. Not only is she a kidney recipient (Dec. 11, 1984), a single mother of four and a medal-winning athlete (this will be her third trip to the Games), but she also owns and operates her family's feed business, that originally started back in 1924. To top it all, Debby is an incredible writer and put together this fantastic piece ("Something for Everyone at the U.S. Transplant Games") for about her experience at the last U.S. Transplant Games.

It's an incredibly enlightening experience and I wanted to share my favorite excerpt:

"Celebrating Life"

All this medal talk is well and good, but the Games truly are not about winning. They’re about celebrating life. It's our way of saying "Transplantation works!"

We are also there representing the countless people who are living with a disease that inevitably will shut down the function of one of their major organs. We want to encourage them to hang in there and not give up hope. Moreover, the games are also geared toward the families who care for a loved one with a debilitating illness, as well as family members who compassionately donated the organs of a loved one to give life to someone else.

Be sure to check out thefull article. In addition, I was not surprised to find that Debby is also the author of "A License to Follow One's Dream," featured in the book, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman's Soul (check out the link for a preview of her article).

People like Debby motivate me everyday. People like Debby need to blog (if she isn't already). I've found my new mission...get Debby bloggin'. Best of luck next month Debby and we can't wait to hear about this year's experience!


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