Organ transplantation is a magnificent display both of medicine and the human spirit: The achievements of people who have received new hearts and other organs are truly amazing. Many of those triumphs are showcased in the U.S. Transplant Games, a biennial, Olympic-style athletic contest organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Events include swimming, table tennis, golf, basketball, track and field, tennis, bowling, racquetball, and volleyball.

Our guests for this podcast are Shelley Zomak and Judi Vensak, managers of Team Pittsburgh during the 2006 Transplant Games in Louisville, Ky. Ms. Zomak and Ms. Vensak also lead the organization of the 2008 Transplant Games to be held in Pittsburgh. In today’s podcast, they’ll tell us how they became involved in the Transplant Games, share their experiences at the 2006 games, and tell us what to expect from the 2008 Transplant Games, which will likely bring more than 7,000 observers and 1,400 athletes to Pittsburgh.

The 2008 U.S. Transplant Games will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 11-16, 2008. For more information, visit Team Pittsburgh.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

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