Transplant Athlete
Saturday, July 24, 2004
  US Transplant Games

I will be leaving for the US Transplant Games in a couple of days.   The Games are important in that they raise awareness for the urgent need for organ donations.  When I went to Florida in 2002, I didn't know anyone.  I didn't really know my teammates on Team Nation's Capital.   The cycling events were held in a parking lot right next to the Epcot Center entrance.  My family was there and the Team Manager was there.  I didn't really know what to expect. I had raced at the collegiate level a couple of times before the Games, but nothing as short as a 1 km time trial.  The events weren't really that big a deal, except that it took them forever to score the TT and I handily won the RR. 

 I have mixed feelings about these games, I haven't been training for them.  I haven't even been training for the 24 Hour TT's, Dave Holmes, the Race Director for the UMCA 24 Hour TT Championships was recently struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in a construction zone.  The event was obviously canceled and I slacked off on my training.  If the competition is the same as it was in Florida in 2002, I should be able to defend my Gold Medals.

I'll be away from my baby for a whole week, and when I get back from the games, I'll be taking a business trip down south for a couple of weeks for my new job.  She's not going to be happy about that. 

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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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