National Kidney Foundation Hosts Team USA for World Transplant Games

New York, NY (June 22, 2005) - More than 100 transplant athletes from around the country are gearing up to compete in the 15 th World Transplant Games, to be held July 16-24 in London, Ontario, Canada. The biennial World Transplant Games is an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving organ transplants of every type. The National Kidney Foundation is Team Manager of Team USA.

With an anticipated 2,000 athletes from 40 countries competing, the 15 th World Transplant Games will provide a global opportunity for transplant athletes to celebrate the gift of life and showcase the success of organ transplantation. “Athletics provide an excellent form of rehabilitation for chronically-ill patients and dramatically demonstrate that transplant recipients can and do return to very active lives,” says John Davis, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation.

Primary sponsor of Team USA is Roche. The National Kidney Foundation is sponsoring the participation of two outstanding athletes—Padraic McCole, 17 year-old kidney recipient, and Melissa Choi Salvador, 41 year-old liver recipient, who were named Jerry Cound Outstanding Male and Female Athletes at the 2004 U.S. Transplant Games.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information on the Transplant Games visit