Ontario transplant athletes head to Games in Bangkok

    Trillium Gift of Life Network salutes provincial representatives at
    World Transplant Games

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) salutes the
transplant athletes, volunteers and their families headed to Bangkok for the
World Transplant Games that begin this Saturday and is pleased to announce
daily updates via a live blog from the TGLN website.
    "The World Transplant Games are an excellent opportunity to raise
awareness about organ and tissue donation throughout the globe," said
Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN. "These competitors have come so far
since their transplants, it is incredible. That they are able to compete at
such phenomenal athletic levels really illustrates the success of
transplantation. We are very proud of all of them, wish them the very best of
luck and look forward to reading all the details on the live blog hosted from
our website."
    Over 34 Canadian transplant recipients will join athletes from around the
world in Bangkok to compete, volunteer and support one another this summer.
    "Ever since I received my transplant in 1996 I have been able to resume a
very active lifestyle," said 34-year-old liver recipient Rob Kolatschek from
Toronto. "I'm proud be going to Bangkok to participate in the World Transplant
Games as an athlete. It shows potential donors and donor families all of the
good that can come of their decision to give the gift of life. I'd encourage
everyone to speak to your family about your wishes today - your decision can
save lives. Every athlete in Bangkok is proof of that."
    Kolatschek will be participating in track and field and volleyball events
and will be blogging live from the games.
    Sports included in the World Transplant Games are: Road racing, archery,
volleyball, tennis, petangue, track and field, squash, golf, swimming,
shooting, bowling, badminton and table tennis.
    The Games run from August 25 - September 2, 2007.

    Trillium Gift of Life Network is responsible for planning, promoting,
coordinating and supporting organ and tissue donation across Ontario and
improving the system so that more lives can be saved. Sign your donor card.
Talk to your family about your wishes.

    For more details on the blog (which will be up and running at the start
of the Games) or Trillium Gift of Life Network please visit our website at
www.giftoflife.on.ca or call 416.363.4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.

    For more information on the World Transplant Games please visit

For further information:

For further information: Kari Cuss, Public Affairs and Communications,
Trillium Gift of Life Network, (416) 619-2300 (work), (416) 526-0564 (cell)

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