Transplant Athletes Victorious at XIV World Transplant Games

New York, NY
August 5, 2003

They raced, they swam, they conquered. More than 80 transplant athletes from across the U.S. are returning home after a week of fierce competition at the XIV World Transplant Games in Nancy, France. Team USA garnered a total of 91 medals and earned an impressive second place standing among 55 competing countries. The Games, which were held on July 19-26, are an international Olympic-style event for recipients of every type of organ transplant. Team USA is managed by the National Kidney Foundation and sponsored by Roche Pharmaceuticals and Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.

“We are proud of what Team USA has accomplished at the World Transplant Games,” said John Davis, National Kidney Foundation CEO. “Not only have they achieved athletic excellence, but their participation at the World Transplant Games has showcased the success of transplantation and will undoubtedly encourage more organ donation.”

The World Transplant Games are held biennially under the auspices of the World Transplant Games Federation. Team USA and transplant athletes representing 55 countries across the globe competed in more than 40 different events including cycling, volleyball, tennis, squash, golf, swimming and track and field.

Roche Pharmaceuticals is committed to improving the long-term outcomes of transplantation while enhancing the quality of life for patients. Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.’s global mission to explore the frontiers of human health underscores the company's commitment to the field of immunology, where aggressive research and development initiatives have helped to put Fujisawa at the forefront of transplantation.

The National Kidney Foundation is a major voluntary organization dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract disease, improving the lives of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information on the World Transplant Games, call the National Kidney Foundation at (800) 622-9010.