April 2016 News

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Katina Waldorf

Preparing for Life's Next Challenge From LeClaire, Iowa, Katina Waldorf received her kidney transplant at the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center. She competed in the Transplant Games' poker, darts, and 5k events. Proving Herself for Her Children Katina participated in the Transplant Games...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Hailey Steimel

Heart Recipient Pursues Career in Health Care Hailey Steimel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a vibrant 19 year old with a never-give-up personality and a passion for helping others. That's because when Hailey was born, she was the one needing medical help. Doctors discovered that Hailey had a congenital...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Kevin Slifka

From Pleasant Hill to Cleveland Kevin of Pleasant Hill, Iowa donated his kidney through the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center. Earlier this year, he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, with his family to participate in the Transplant Games' track and field and swimming events! Giving Is Its Own...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Beckham Scadlock

An Athlete Who Is Full of Heart 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...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Mary Beth Murray

The Gift of Life for a Friend in Need Mary Beth Murray, from Davenport, Iowa, first decided to become a kidney donor when her father experienced kidney issues. Unfortunately, she was not a compatible match. She was similarly unable to donate when her older sister faced the same kidney issues as...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Jonathan Kiser

From Surgery to Competition 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. A Second Chance at Life Jonathan's biggest...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Ginger Huston

Celebrating the Gift of Organ Donation 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. Still Running Strong After Donation Ginger looks at her transplant experience as an...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — John Burge

Kicking It Into Gear 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. Living Proof of the Difference Donation Makes John looks at the...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Eric Burge

Paying It Forward Eric Burge of Davenport, Iowa, is no stranger to the world of organ transplantation. In fact, Eric's brother, John , received a kidney transplant just a few years prior to Eric discovering he needed a transplant as well. Eric and John have an inherited disorder called polycystic...

2016 Transplant Games Athlete — Kim Burdakin

Liver Recipient Advocates for the Importance of Organ Donation May 7, 2000, is a day Kim Burdakin of Muscatine, Iowa, will never forget. May 7 marks the day Kim was given a second chance at life. When Kim woke up one Saturday morning in April 2000, she felt nauseous, confused, and unable to drive...

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