|Itís finally time for competition to begin at the 1998 U.S. Transplant
Games. Thursday morning dawned hot and sunny over the Jessie Owens
Track in Ohio Stadium. In the final track meet hosted at this historic
site, a record number of athletes signed up for over 1,200 events.
Following the 1998 football season the track will be razed, the football
field lowered, and additional seats installed in what used to be the
track. It is an honor to be the last track meet run on this surface.
||One of the many
elements that makes these Games special is the support each and every
athlete receives from the spectators and fellow athletes. The effort
to finish each event counts. Jennifer Brown, a 17 year old bone marrow
recipient from Brant, NY (her father was her donor), participating
in her first games summed the feeling most everyone expressed with
her "amazing fun" comment. She would like to pass on her message to
"never lose faith in God". She is doing great and won a gold medal
in shot put today. Like many others she is participating in as many
events as possible including volleyball and swimming in addition to
her track and field endeavors.
||Young and old alike could be found putting forth their best efforts.
Dry eyes were hard to find when the youngest children ran their 50
yard dash. It was a good day to be alive.
|Laurie Scheer of Team Nebraska had won 3 gold medals
when we captured this photo. Having received a kidney from her father
just 9 months ago, Laurie was thrilled to be at the Games. Listen
to our interview with her here.
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