Bay resident participates in Transplant Games of America

Nathan Hart of Bay Village displays his Transplant Games medals. He won bronze in cycling and basketball, silver in golf, and received a gold medal for participation.

After five wonderful and fun-filled days, the Transplant Games of America held in Cleveland are over. Nathan Hart, who will be a sixth-grader in the fall at the Bay Middle School, represented Team Ohio well by coming home with three medals!

The Transplant Games of America were held June 10-15. This was Nathan's first time participating in the Transplant Games and he was very excited to be on Team Ohio! He participated in the family walk, 1K cycling, golf singles, basketball and volleyball. He had a blast meeting other transplant recipients and many living donors and donor families from all over the country.

This was a great way for Nathan to celebrate his 10-year kidney transplant. Nathan was 2 years old when he received his kidney transplant from me, his mom. He lives a healthy and normal life. He was thrilled to participate in the TGA and was able to get silver medal in golf, a bronze in the 1 K cycling, and a bronze in youth basketball. 

The silver medal in golf was extra special since his grandfather taught him golf. His grandfather, Timothy V. Boylan, passed away this December and was a tissue and bone donor. He would have been so proud of Nathan.

The Transplant Games of America were an awesome experience because it truly was about living life to the fullest! Nathan wants others to know, “that by being a donor, you give others a second chance of life. By participating in the Transplant Games of America, it made me feel like I fit in with others like me.” He is already talking about the Transplant Games of America 2018. The location has yet to be announced. Be an organ donor and remember to "Live Life! Give Life!"

Anne Hart

I am a Bay Village resident as well as a 2nd grade teacher at Normandy Elementary in Bay Village. I am married mother of two children who also attend Bay schools.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016