More than 75 Ontario athletes head to the Canada Transplant Games



    Trillium Gift of Life Network salutes Team Ontario and athletes across
    Canada

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) salutes all
transplant athletes, donor families and volunteers that are headed to Windsor
for the Canada Transplant Games which begin next Tuesday, August 5 and run
until Friday, August 8.
    "The Canadian Transplant Games are an excellent opportunity to raise
awareness about organ and tissue donation in this country," said Versha
Prakash, Vice-President, TGLN. "Each one of these competitors has an emotional
life-changing story. Now, after their transplant they have regained their
health and are now competing on a National stage. They are all an inspiration
to every Canadian and we are incredibly proud and wish all athletes from
across the country the best of luck."
    More than 130 athletes from across the country will gather in Windsor to
compete in various athletic competitions. Sports included in the Canada
Transplant Games are: running, cycling, bowling, aquatics, badminton, golf,
tennis, squash, lawn bowling, beach volleyball, slo pitch, and table tennis.
    "I am thrilled to be participating in the transplant games this year.
There is a real spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship at the transplant
games," said Windsor native, Tom Awad. "My liver transplant saved my life and,
I intend to live everyday to the fullest. I am competing this week to not only
raise awareness for organ and tissue donation; but also to honour donor
families from across the country who made the decision to donate their loved
ones organs and give someone on the waiting list a second chance at life."
    Awad will be competing in a variety sports throughout the week including:
the 5km run, 10-pin bowling, tennis, slo-pitch, and track and field events on
Friday.
    Save a life by registering your wishes to be an organ and tissue donor.
Today, you can register your wishes at an OHIP office when you renew your
health card. If you have the red and white card or have recently renewed your
card and did not register your wishes, you can go to the Trillium Gift of Life
Network website and download an "Organ and Tissue Donor Registration" form,
fill it out and mail it in to the address on the form.
    Please visit our website at www.giftoflife.on.ca or call 416-363-4001 or
toll free 1-800-263-2833.





For further information:

For further information: Carrie Hoto, Trillium Gift of Life Network,
(416) 619-2299 (office), (416) 735-0099 (cell)


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