Transplant Athletes Go for the Gold at XIV World Transplant Games

New York, NY
May 8, 2003

Three hundred transplant athletes and supporters from across the U.S. will test their mettle at the XIV World Transplant Games, an Olympic-style event for recipients of every type of organ transplant, to be held July 19-26, 2003 in Nancy, France. American athletes are competing as part of Team USA, managed by the National Kidney Foundation and sponsored by Roche Pharmaceuticals and Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.

“More than 81,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Sadly, about 17 people will die each day while waiting,” said John Davis, National Kidney Foundation CEO. “The participation of the American transplant athletes in the World Transplant Games will showcase the success of transplantation and 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 70 countries across the globe will compete in more than 40 different events including cycling, volleyball, tennis, squash, golf, swimming and track and field. Special artwork by Jorge Orta, a renowned Argentinian artist, will be on display representing the spirit of transplant athletes and the miracle of organ donation.

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 or click here.