National Kidney Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2002 U.S. Transplant Games Awards

New York, NY (January 15, 2002) - The National Kidney Foundation is currently seeking nominations for three awards to be presented at the 2002 U.S. Transplant Games to be held June 25-29 at Disney's Wide World of Sports™ Complex.

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) Award is presented to two athletes who have furthered the cause of donation in their return to health and productivity by raising awareness about the critical need for organ and tissue donation in their communities. The two categories are for athletes under and over the age of 18.

The Mickey Mantle Courage Award recognizes a transplant athlete who has overcome great challenges to participate in the U.S. Transplant Games. For more information on the AST and Mickey Mantle Courage Award or to request a nomination form, please contact the National Kidney Foundation Transplant Games department at (800) 622-9010. All nominations must be received by May 10, 2002.

The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) DonorCARE Award will be presented to an individual or group that has provided consistent and comprehensive care to donor families. To receive more information on the MTF DonorCare Award or to request a nomination form, contact the MTF at (800) 946-9008. Deadline for nominations is April 22, 2002.

The U.S. Transplant Games is a biennial, Olympic-style event open to recipients of every type of life saving organ transplant, including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. With an anticipated 2,000 athletes participating, the 2002 U.S. Transplant Games promise to be the largest-ever gathering of transplant recipients.