The National Kidney Foundation mourns the passing of Wendy Marx, two-time liver recipient and long-time friend of the NKF.

New York, NY (November 10, 2003) - Wendy received her first transplant win 1989 when she was 22 years old after a severe case of hepatitis B destroyed her liver. She had a second transplant three years later after, again due to hepatitis B. When she died she was awaiting her third transplant.

Wendy was committed to promoting the important need for organ and tissue donation. She co-founded the Wendy Marx Foundation for Organ Donor Awareness in 1990, the same year that she, her family and Carl Lewis, a family friend and Olympic-gold medallist, helped the National Kidney Foundation launch the U.S. Transplant Games. Wendy and Carl were co-chairs of the first Games held in Indianapolis in 1990. That year the Games attracted about 400 people. At the 2002 Transplant Games, more than 10,000 people participated, demonstrating to all the incredible success of transplantation.

The National Kidney Foundation extends its deepest sympathies to Wendy's mother, Peggy, her brother Jeffrey, her father Richard, her brother James and her husband E. David Ellington.

NKF will establish the Wendy E. Marx Memorial Award to be presented during the U.S. Transplant Games. The first award will be presented during the 2004 Games, July 27-August 1, which will celebrate 50 Years of Transplantation.