Today I’ve turned over my blog to Andrea Clegg, who will be taking part in the Canadian Transplant Games in Toronto next week. If you haven’t yet, talk to your family and register your consent today.
I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. I lived with less than 10% heart function and fought for that life. Until one day, when I didn’t think it could be any worse, a generous and selfless donor and donor family decided to give me the gift of life. A new heart. A new life. A new beautiful life full of love and energy.
It is now my mission to send gratitude to all donors and donor families. I only hope they can realize the difference they have made. It is in their most difficult time that they go beyond their own tragedy and save someone else’s life.
I participate in the Canadian Transplant Games to show the world, especially donors and donor families that their gift gives a full and healthy life. I am an athlete. Something I would never have expected in my former life with heart disease or even my former healthy life. A transplant has given me reason to do the best I can and be the best I can be. One way I can do that is by being an athlete at the Canadian Transplant Games. I am very excited that the Games are coming to our province this year! I have chosen to participate in the cycling event, the race walk and lawn bowling. I have also had the great pleasure of being on the Local Organizing Committee as the Co-Chair of the Volunteer Committee.
Toronto will host more than 200 transplant recipients from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Australia next month to compete in the eighth Canadian Transplant Games. Since 2000, the Games have been held every two years to shine a spotlight on organ and tissue donation and transplantation …
I previously participated in Calgary and Moncton. Combined I returned with 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.
Today in Canada, more than 4,300 men, women and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Athletes participating in the Games are living proof that transplants work and organ donation saves lives. In Ontario, the system of organ and tissue donation is connected to our OHIP card. Visit beadonor.ca to learn more about organ donation and to register your consent.
From August 8th to 13th participants aged four to 80 years old will compete in 11 sporting events including: track and field, swimming, golf and tennis. The Games bring together transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, and supporters for competition, community and fun, in celebration of the gift of life.
I am looking forward to a wonderful week full of success, joyful tears, gratitude and lots of fun. More information about my journey can be found here.
Please visit beadonor.ca to register your consent to be an organ and tissue donor.
**Listen to Andrea’s appearance on the Beat Breakfast here -Carlos**