The Transplant Life Foundation, together with co-host NJ Sharing Network, and partners RWJBarnabas Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, University Hospital, Meadowlands Chamber and American Dream will present the Reimagined Donate Life Transplant Games from Friday, July 16, through Monday, July 19, 2021, at American Dream, the unrivaled entertainment/retail center in Bergen County, New Jersey. Additionally, thousands of individuals from the transplant community will tune in to extensive online programming via the Event Hub. For a complete schedule of the daily fun and inspiring activities for all ages, visit www.transplantgamesofamerica.org.
Every two years, individuals from across the country gather to compete and celebrate the gift of life during the Transplant Games. Typically, the Games are an in-person, multi-sport festival featuring competitions for those who have received life-saving organ transplants, as well as bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients, and living donors. Special events also focus on honoring living donors and donor families, as well as highlighting the miracle of transplantation. The Games in New Jersey were originally scheduled for July 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, for the Reimagined Games, transplant recipients and living donors across the country have been participating remotely in competitions in their home cities since April, and the Games will culminate in person at American Dream.
All daily in-person activities during the Transplant Games are FREE and OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Court “A” of American Dream and running throughout the day and evening in various other locations within the center. Interactive activities include Zumba classes, live stage performances and uplifting videos from those touched by organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. For a complete schedule of the daily fun and uplifting activities for all ages, visit www.transplantgamesofamerica.org.
“We are excited to bring our transplant community together in person at American Dream to celebrate the gift of life and honor donors while we all work together to raise awareness of our mission of saving lives by reducing the number of individuals waiting for a transplant,” said Bill Ryan, President and CEO of the Transplant Life Foundation. “The Transplant Games are the ultimate representation of what we stand for: courage, achievement and triumph over adversity.”
Today, there are 110,000 individuals in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant, with nearly 4,000 residents in New Jersey. Nationwide, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.