Kidney Recipient Heads to Australia's Gold Coast to Compete in World Transplant Games

Bryan Wentzell, of Portland, Maine, knows something about resilience. An avid hiker, backpacker and skier, he has proven that nothing can hold him back from the outdoor sports he loves—not even a diagnosis of kidney disease, tiring dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. Bryan is one of 171 members of Team USA, managed by the National Kidney Foundation, who is gearing up for this summer's World Transplant Games.

For more than four months, Bryan worked as a full-time ski instructor in between dialysis treatments. After receiving a kidney transplant, Wentzell immediately got back on his feet and traveled to Alaska to work as a hiking guide. He then went on to compete in a National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games event and three World Transplant Games events, racking up four medals along the way.

He is now ready to once again showcase his victory over kidney disease by competing in cycling events at the 2009 World Transplant Games, being held August 22-30 in Australia. More than 51 countries and nearly 2,000 athletes will be in attendance.

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