April 2016 News

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Katina Waldorf

Katina participated in the Transplant Games for her children. Katina wanted to show her children what she can do, and how healthy she has become. Donation has been a blessing for Katina since she can now watch her children and grandchildren grow.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Hailey Steimel

Hailey has turned her medical illness into a very positive experience. Hailey's transplant has given her a second chance at life and the ability to follow her dream of helping others. She is currently enrolled in community college and is leaning toward a career in medical social work.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Kevin Slifka

Kevin wants people to know that organ donation is an opportunity to give another person a higher quality of life. In Kevin's case, he feels physically and emotionally healthier than he did before his donation. For Kevin, he finds the reward in being able to watch his organ recipient accomplish great things — like participating in the Transplant Games!

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Beckham Scadlock

Beckham Scadlock is a heart recipient and a transplant patient with University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Beckham participated in the Transplant Games' bowling and swimming events, as well as in a variety of track and field events such as the long jump, softball throw, and the youth 50m run.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Mary Beth Murray

On Jan. 3, 2013, Mary Beth underwent surgery and successfully helped her friend in need. This year, she and Eric participated in the 2016 Transplant Games, which was held June 10-15 in Cleveland, Ohio. They competed together in the Transplant Games' donor/recipient bowling. Mary Beth also competed alone in track and field events.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Jonathan Kiser

Jonathan traveled from his hometown of Muscatine, Iowa to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games as a kidney recipient. He participated in a variety of bowling events and showed his skill at darts.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Ginger Huston

Ginger Huston is a kidney donor from Danville, Iowa. She joined athletes from across the nation demonstrating their skills and talents in track and field, darts, and cornhole.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — John Burge

From Cedar Rapids, Iowa, John Burge is a University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center kidney recipient. John competed in the 20k and 5k cycling races and enjoyed the friendly competition in the cornhole event.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Eric Burge

When Eric started having health issues, his lifelong friend, Mary Beth Murray, had a special connection with organ donation and was willing to help. This year, Eric and Mary Beth participated in the 2016 Transplant Games, held June 10-15 in Cleveland, Ohio. They look at the games as a celebration of life and an opportunity to be together with family and friends.

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Kim Burdakin

Today, Kim spends her time actively promoting organ donation. She volunteers for the Iowa Donor Network, holds fundraisers, visits schools and community groups to speak on the topic of organ donation, and encourages people to register on their driver's licenses to become organ donors. Kim wants people to know that organ donation is a positive experience.