NJ To Host Transplant Games For Organ Donors, Recipients Next Summer

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NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey will host a unique, Olympic-style event for recipients of organ transplants next summer.

The New Jersey Sharing Network will host the Transplant Games from July 17-22, 2020 and are expecting more than 12,000 people from all 50 states and around the world to participate.

Among the competitors will be 16-year-old Sam Prince, who tells WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell that he was born with just half a heart.

“I received a heart transplant eight years ago and it changed my life forever,” he says. “I couldn't walk up my front steps or anything without getting tired. I really couldn't do anything.”

Sam Prince

After he received a new heart, he was finally able to live his life without limitations.

“I didn't get as tired as much. I could really just got outside and be a normal kid,” the teenager said.

The six-day, multi-sport festival will be a chance for competitors to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donations and transplants.

“You can't take them with you. They're not going to do you any good once you are gone,” said organ recipient Lyn Kaminski on why people should become donors.

Kaminski, who is the wife of WCBS 880’s traffic reporter Tom Kaminski, received a double lung transplant and will also be at the games next summer.

To sign up to become an organ donor, visit RegisterMe.org or NJSharingNetwork.org.