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JAN 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2018 47 Like so many who face organ hardships, Jai'Wan Davis-Harbour started on dial- ysis when he was seven months old. He eventually landed on the wait list for a kidney to become available for transplant when he was 7 years old. As the 2012 Transplant Games approached in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the end of July that year, Team Michigan unofficially adopted Davis-Harbour, then 11 years old, as a member while it prepared to compete. In May, Davis- Harbour's long-awaited kidney became available and he received a transplant. Transplant Games of America CEO Bill Ryan looked out over the crowd from his vantage point on the stage during those 2012 opening ceremonies, and saw a man in the front row with his arm draped around Davis-Harbour. The man was embracing the boy who had received his daughter's kidney just a couple months earlier. "Families never connect that quickly," Ryan said. "I literally broke up. But that's the strength of the connection between donor and recipient families. That still sticks in my mind." As both a poignant remembrance of loss and a celebration of second chances, the Olympics-inspired Transplant Games of America run the gamut of emotions. Since 1990, when managed by the National Kidney Foundation, this ► Second Chance Transplant Games Celebrate A New Lease on Life BY MICHELLE RYAN

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