Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games

The Transplant Games event is a multi-sport festival event produced by the Transplant Games of America for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients. More than an athletic event, the Donate Life Transplant Games highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. Athletes, volunteers and supporters are welcome!

For more information or to register, visit transplantgamesofamerica.org.

Events

Events

Cleveland Cavaliers – Donate Awareness Game

Sunday, April 3 game | 3:30 p.m. start

Cleveland Indians – First Pitch

Saturday, April 16 game | 4:10 p.m. start

City Club of Cleveland – A panel discussion featuring Drs. John Fung and Charles Modlin

Thursday, April 14 | Noon start

Cleveland Clinic – 14th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair

Thursday, April 21 | 5:30 p.m. start
Glickman Tower/Miller Pavilion - Cleveland Clinic main campus

Patient Education

Patient Education

News

News

WSVN-TV (Miami, FL) – Couple receives lifesaving kidney transplants at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Neerja Agrawal comments. Watch the Story

The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune – CEO of United Airlines has a heart transplant. Dr. Randall Starling comments. Read the Story

Fox News – Double lung transplant patient sells handmade bracelets to fund operation and raise awareness about organ donation. Dr. Wayne Tsuang and Dr. Douglas Johnston comment. Read the Story

WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh, PA) – Family is thankful after life-saving transplant at Cleveland Clinic. Watch the Story

Q&A

Q&A

CCIYC Q&A: Transplant Games – Kay Kendall, LISW

In Ohio alone, more than 3,400 people are waiting for life-saving transplants. This June, the Transplant Games of America will assemble athletes from all over the United States in Cleveland as a testament to the spirit of our patients, the quality of care available for those undergoing or living with a transplant and of course the gift of life from so many.

Kay Kendall is a licensed social worker with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. She works with patients and families waiting for and undergoing heart transplant.

Q: What is life like for heart transplant patient in 2016?
Kendall: Today, life is very different than in the early years of transplant.  Individuals can live very fulfilling lives, even those who may have significant other medical problems or may have undergone multiple transplants. Patients can return to active lives—work, caring for families and exercise.  Years ago what might have been viewed as a contraindication to transplant, may no longer be seen as an obstacle. It’s worth exploring transplant as an option.

Kendall: Q: How difficult is it to be evaluated for a heart or lung transplant?
Kendall: Not difficult through Cleveland Clinic at all. Anyone can call to ask questions and set up an appointment for an evaluation. You don’t have to have a referral to schedule an appointment. We typically perform between 45 -60 heart transplants a year. It can be very helpful to just call and ask questions about whether or not transplant might be option.

Q: How important is support and community is for patients?
Kendall: Support is so important for patients before and after transplant. At Cleveland Clinic, we believe having someone to talk to that understands what you are going through can be healing and help stress management. As people are waiting for heart transplants at Cleveland Clinic, we have a network of post-transplant volunteers that call and visit them in the hospital. Also, every month, we hold a support group dinner on the top of our heart center for patients and their loved ones. Patients on all stages of the journey – awaiting a heart, using an LVAD, newly transplanted or moving forward in life with a new heart – are welcome. Cleveland Clinic also helps connect patients to national support groups, such as TRIOI (transplant recipient international organization)

Q: How can one become a donor?  
Kendall: It’s pretty simple. You can register online at Ohio.gov or indicate it at the BMV when you renew your driver license or state ID card. You can also download and complete an Organ Donor Registry Enrollment form from the State of Ohio BMV and return it through the mail.

Q: What’s one surprising fact about heart transplant?
Kendall: Many people are surprised to hear about transplant recipients exercising or taking part in athletic events, but regular exercise is healthy and vital for transplant recipients. For heart transplant patients, the new heart is only 70% as efficient as a normal heart. So, you must exercise regularly to maintain physical fitness.