Organ Transplant Recipients Ski the Alps

New York, NY (January 14, 2001) - The winter wonderland of Nendaz, in the heart of the Valais Alps in Switzerland, will play host to the 2001 Winter World Transplant Games, to be held January 14-19.

The Winter World Transplant Games is an Olympic-style sporting event for recipients of every type of life-saving organ or solid tissue transplant, including kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. Transplant recipients hailing from 14 different countries will for gold, silver and bronze medals in Alpine and Nordic skiing events, including biathlon, curling and snowboarding events. Team USA, managed by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), is comprised of athletes from all over the U.S.

The Winter World Transplant Games "promote the importance of organ donation and the success of transplantation, and allow recipients from all over the world to come together and celebrate life," says Fred Herbert, NKF chairman. The Games also "honor the families of organ donors and generate awareness of the critical need for organ donors worldwide," Mr. Herbert adds.

The Winter World Transplant Games are held every two years under the auspices of the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF).

More than 70,000 Americans are currently on the national waiting list for life-saving organ transplants. Sixteen to 17 will die each day while waiting. The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that everyone who needs a transplant receives one.

For information on the Winter World Transplant Games or for a free organ donor card, call (800) 622-9010. For coverage of the Winter World Transplant Games, log on to or the National Kidney Foundation website at