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Subject: 2000 Transplant Games
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 16:23:03 -0400
From: rachester@pepco.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

Good afternoon,
This morning I was able to access your website and enjoy the pictures and articles posted there. As a member of the donor family from Maryland that was able to meet with the reciepent family from Arizona while at the games I was interviewed for a article out in your office and we had pictures taken while there and everyone of you are be commended for you efforts, while not being real good with a PC I was wondering if you could e-mail me the image of me carrying my son on my shoulders while he was carrying the team ARIZONA sign into the games with the other donor families, someone from your staff showed me the image while we were in your office and I would like to enlarge it and have it framed, I realize everyone is tired and has a lot of tasks left to do so it's no hurry, I just thought it would be easier to download than off of the web page.
Thank you from my wife and myself and keep up the good work and we hope to see you in 2002
Rick Chester

Subject: Interview
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 13:16:56 -0400
From: "Kristin Zimmer"
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

To Bob Garypie,
Thanks for the interview. It turned out better than the previous ones!
Thanks again,
Kristin Zimmer

Subject: Opening Ceremonies 2000
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 11:21:58 -0500
From: "Kathy Burdess"
To: [transweb@umich.edu]
I was hoping to be able to get footage of the opening ceremonies featuring Team EMME. The cameraman had followed my son into the stadium and he would not look at anyone because he was embarrassed. If you could help me with this I would appreciate it. Good Job on the coverage.
Katie Siesennop

TransWeb replies: Sorry we can't help you. The video was produced by TransCom Media. Please contact the National Kidney Foundation (1-800-622-9010) regarding your inquiry.

Subject: swimming coverage
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 12:09:01 -0400
From: "Karen Wallace" [kwallace@kidneyfla.org]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Thank you all for your coverage of the Transplant Games. You have done a fantastic job! I know it was a difficult job.

Karen Wallace
Associate Executive Director
National Kidney Foundation of Florida
1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119
Orlando, FL 32803

Subject: Badminton
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 21:52:08 -0700
From: "Yuxin Tang" [ytang@stny.rr.com]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Hi John,
This is Jianguo Wang. I just came back from Orlando.
Thank you very much for your web coverage about badminton, it looks wonderful. I am going to forword this website to all my friends and co-work.
Have a nice day!
Best Wishes,

Dr. Jianguo Wang
Senior Research Engineer
Polymer Core Technology (SP-PR1-W18M)
Science and Technology Division
Corning Incorporated
Painted Post, NY 14870

Subject: Attn: John Bacon
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 15:38:16 -0500
From: "William D'Antoni" [twoofeach@worldnet.att.net]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Dear John,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed meeting you and the rest of the writers at Transweb.
I got home Sunday night and immediately logged on to your site.
The article about Dr. Chang and myself was quite a delight to read. I was also moved by many of the other stories that you covered.
Thank you again for your interest in covering the games and i already know that you will not forget them anytime soon.
Bill D'Antoni

Subject: 6/25
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 09:18:13 -0700
From: spence1010@juno.com
To: transweb@umich.edu


Subject: Special thanks - from one who was there...
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 11:13:59 EDT
From: GleasonJim@aol.com
To: transweb@umich.edu
It was so amazing being there with everybody in Florida - and everywhere one looked there was the familiar purple shirted Transweb staff!!! Even the great photography doesn't tell the story of the work this team of volunteers have done - you had to bee there at the stadium to see Ellie (as just one example of so many) laying on home plate in the baseball field to get that "perfect shot" for the web broadcast. At every sport venue, every day, at every event, there was Joel and his camera, John and his note pad, and everyone else making the story a world wide event. From all who were there and for all who attended through your efforts... "Thanks!"
It was very special to be able to talk directly to Bob Merion (Director of Transweb) and pass along comments directly about the long time support and benefits his team has offered us in the transplant community.

Subject: TEAM IOWA & LaVonne, John Card
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 11:13:38 EDT
From: VerJeanM@aol.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

GO TEAM IOWA ! What an excellent web site. Checking it often is almost like being there with everyone.
Best of Luck and Best Wishes to LaVonne (kidney recipient 96) and John Card ( brave husband donor) and all their friends and team members !
I hope they see this. Fellow Iowans, if you see them, pass on greetings and love from big sis, VJ.
We have such admiration and respect for all involved in donating and supporting The Gift of Life, and the awesome heroism in overcoming obstacles and celebrating the gifts you have received.
Warmest regards to all,

Subject: Transplant Games
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 10:03:33 -0400
From: "Rosczewski" [roscz@home.com]
Organization: @home To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Mark Gravel: Great job well done, having a double transplant member in our famil;y makes us much more aware of how important this is to someone who is living day to day with hopes. Also working for 6 years for a woman in the field of transplants with tissue, arteries and valves you thank each day for a healthy day that you have. Mark we are so proud of all the effort you put into your work, what a total satisfaction you must have.
Take care,
Mike and Jan Rosczewski
Keep us informed of anything on the web...

Subject: Re: Special bulletin from the US Transplant Games
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 03:36:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: kimurah@ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp (kimura harue)
To: transweb@umich.edu

At 11:27 AM 0.6.24, Eleanor G. Jones wrote: > Hello from [mostly] sunny Orlando, where TransWeb is ON LOCATION
Thank you very much for your kind e-mail. I was in a Hospital for my disease during the US Games. I hoped to attend the your Games very much. But, I could not to go there. I am very fine to see the Games in your Internet Home page. I think it will be give a so many wounderfull feeling to me. And, I would like to invite next WTG in Japan.
This weeks end, I have to go to Sydney for attend Australian Games. I would like to send some articles of Australian Games when I back to Japan.
Harue Kimura

Subject: Re: Special bulletin from the US Transplant Games
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 16:43:03 EDT
From: LBSlagle@cs.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

Hi, Eleanor! I met you at the 1998 games. This year, the 2000 Transplant Olympics conflicted with the Washington, DC AIDS Ride (cycling 330 miles in 4 days from Raleigh NC to Washington DC) to which I was committed. I (a heart transplant recipient) and a liver recipient did the ride. I'm not sure if the liver recipient did every mile, but I did. (For a Washington Post article on the two of us, among other persons with medical issues, see the Metro Section for June 24, which I think you can find at www.washingtonpost.com.) I missed competing the in the transplant Olympics, but I think the 330 mile ride demonstrates the incredible value of organ donation and the evident fact that transplantation is indeed a "gift of life" and not a concession to existence as a "patient."
--Larry Slagle
Heart Recipient, May 19, 1995

Subject: Re: Special bulletin from the US Transplant Games
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 15:57:24 -0500
From: "Mary E. Vinson" [vince@netbci.com]
To: transweb@umich.edu

Thanks so much for the great coverage of the games. One recipient and his two children and a donor mother and her son are attending from our local support group. Makes me feel like I'm almost there with them especially with the webcasts. Do you ever use regular volunteers like myself (No programming experinece, just typing) to help at the site for the coverage? I would love to plan to go two years from now and maybe would feel I could justify the expense if I was going to DO something. Keep up the great work.

P.S. Have used your site often to print out information to use in Organ Donor Awarness speaking.
Mary E. Vinson - single lung receipient from Tupelo, MS
Transplant-Barnes-Jewish, St. Louis, MO - 3 years ago

Subject: debbie chick
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 20:06:55 EDT
From: DavePolaris007@aol.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

hello to Games participants debbie and pete. this is a great website!!! I see you did well in the badminton event. hope you enjoyed the other events. did you get to and talk with larry hagman, oscar robertson and sean elliot ?? love to all involved with the games.....

sue and her guys

Subject: Re: [TRNSPLNT] 2000 US Transplant Games where TransWeb is ON LOCATION
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 21:16:47 -0400
From: "Roy Toutant" [toutant@worldnet.att.net]
To: [TRNSPLNT@WUVMD.Wustl.Edu], [transweb@umich.edu]

Eleanor and Transweb Team,
Great job on the web site! It is really excellent.
Wife Susan (liver transplant 10/99) and I were hoping to go but this is the next best thing. Susan is helping her mother recover from cancer surgery, and besides she says her golf game isn't yet in good enough shape. Although that didn't stop her from beating me a few weeks ago.
Our state (KY) sent close to 100 people including the Lt. Gov. and his fiancee, who is Miss America.
See you in 2002, I hope.
Thanks Roy T.

Subject: Fw: Guy Petersens remarks on the Opening
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 20:48:42 -0500
From: "Donna Parrish" [donna-p@zebra.net]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

From: Donna Parrish
To: transweb@umich
Sent: Saturday, June 24, 2000 8:44 PM
Subject: RE: Guy Petersens remarks on the Opening
I have to express how important it is for the donor family to hear from the recipient family. No of course you don't have to. But I must tell you my story, because we all have a story. My 11 1/2 year old son was a donor by his own choice. Donating is something I personally believed in but never expressed. When he came to me one evening and asked if he could be a donor if anything ever happened to him, I agreed thinking like all parents, that nothing would ever happen. Three weeks later he was hit while riding his bike. This was in October 1989. We carried out what I considered to be his last wish. He was a donor. After 10 years we received a letter from the wonderful lady that was his heart double lung recipient. That was one of the most joyous days I had ever had since his death. I can't tell you what it meant to know, really know, that his wish had come true. He really helped someone to live. Just a short note saying thank you and a short message about yourself. Knowing her has taken a true physical pain away from me that I had when I thought of Scotty and missed him so. Nancy (his heart lungs recipient) weighed only 67 pounds, was on oxygen 24 hours a day, and had to sleep with several pillows, sitting up all her life. Nancy Smith is in the games this week, part of the Alabama team. Her family and ours are very close. She is a wonderful person. She has supported so many people waiting for transplants. it is such an honor to know her and her family. Please write your donor family's. I might also add, donor families you can write too. I did not know this until I got Nancy's letter. But the recipient usually feels like thank you is not enough. But really and truly, it says more than that. It says "because of you, I live!" What more could a donor family ask for, than to know. God Bless all the recipients at the game and everywhere. And also Donor families I know your pain. And also the joy of knowing Nancy.

Donna Parrish

Subject: Go Team New Mexico
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 09:10:31 EDT
From: KA5FRB@aol.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

Good swim show Bob Skaggs.
Happy birthday Bob wish you continued health and success.
Tom & Gloria
Los Lunas NM

Subject: Hello Iris Epstein (Team Florida)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 08:11:56 -0400
From: "sherri benus" [slbenus@optonline.net]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Good Luck in your Table Tennis Event...
Hope You and Dad are doing well and are having a GREAT TIME.
Love, Sherri and Gene

Subject: we are watching you
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 23:07:49 EDT
From: CSmith3463@aol.com
To: transweb@umich.edu

Hello there
We are watching the website. It looks great. We will anxiously await new developments.


Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 14:35:03 -0700
From: Leslie Futral [Leslie.Futral@dnaz.org]
To: "'transweb@umich.edu'" [transweb@umich.edu]

<<...>> GOOD LUCK TEAM ARIZONA!!!! <<...>>
WE Wish you continued success!
You guys are great!
From: DNA Staff

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 20:18:17 -0400
From: "Joan Kollar" [jokollar@mediaone.net]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Website looks GREAT Team Transweb!!!!!
Keep up the good work, have fun and stay cool!!!!
and......GO TEAM MICHIGAN!!!!!!

Subject: Go Team Western PA Northern WV
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 22:12:45 -0400
From: "tagoode" [tagoode@email.msn.com]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Sorry I couldn't be there with the team,had been looking forward to the games since we left the last ones in 98. I would have come as spectator but my recovery from, emergency appendectomy on June 3rd has been slow in healing.Mark , Malachi, and Nathan sorry I can't spell you guys at the games, but I know there are three determined guys who will give it all they've got. Hey if anyone see's Sean Elliot tell him to look for the Gold Medal I sent him months ago , I was dissapointed to miss him at the games, because I had really been pulling for him, and glad to see he made it.He has been a real insperation to many with his strength of conviction. Good luck to all athletes, with a little extra for team Western PA ,Northern WV. Thanks Transweb for letting me be part of the games the only way I can be right now.
Tim Goode

Subject: All Participants - Donors, Recipients and Families
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 08:25:43 -0700
From: Fred Zealor [fredz@pacbell.net]
Organization: Pacific Bell Internet Services
To: transweb@umich.edu

Five years ago June 10th, 1995 my wife Sally received a Liver at U.C.S.F. - at that time she had less than 48 hours. Today, she is with you at the games as a member of Team Northern California - assisting the team photographer. We say a potential donor has a "Miracle in their pocket" - the Donor Card. All of the participants at these games prove this statement. You are ALL winners! Good luck and God Bless ALL of you!
Fred Zealor
Liver Transplant Support Person
Grateful Husband

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 14:35:03 -0700
From: Leslie Futral Leslie.Futral@dnaz.org
To: "'transweb@umich.edu'" transweb@umich.edu

<<...>> GOOD LUCK TEAM ARIZONA!!!! <<...>>

WE Wish you continued success!
You guys are great!

From: DNA Staff

Subject: team IL
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 03:18:14 -0500
From: "Nancy Mackrola" [hannahmack@home.com]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

nancy mackrola

Subject: Hello Ashlee Boepple
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 21:12:59 -0400
From: "Mark and Mary Karl" [mboepple@mindspring.com]
To: [transweb@umich.edu]

Ashlee Boepple: We hope that you are doing well and are having a good time!
We miss you!
Love, Daddy and Mary Karl

Subject: 2000 US Transplant Games
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 12:08:30 -0400
From: "Guy N. Peterson"   guynpeterson@email.msn.com
To: "Guy N. Peterson"    GuyNPeterson@email.msn.com

Wow! Let the games begin! The first day started with a grueling registration process for most of us, in incredible heat and humidity. For many, it took three or four hours.

The outdoor opening ceremonies in the baseball stadium were delayed for an hour and half due to a little bit of rain and mostly the danger of lightning. All the time waiting was spent talking and sharing with fellow athletes and donor family members. I was especially moved by all the sharings of the donor family members on our team. For all of them, this was their first games and their reaction to being among so many grateful recipients was truly moving. The donor families first got to parade in among their team members and then reassembled to enter as a group, to be acknowledged for what they had done.

However, as I learned later that night, they were totally unprepared for the reception they got from the ALL the assembled team members and spectators when the walked in to the packed stadium as a group.

Well, you can just imagine the reception we gave them. We immediately rose to our feet upon the announcement of their entrance and proceeded to give them a standing ovation for a least fifteen minutes as each a every one of them walked thru the field and up into the stands.

As a team OHIO member, I was especially fortunate, as the donor families came up into the stands by the way of the stairs that were right along side us. As we looked into each and every one of their faces, many of us got to personally say thank you and shake the hands of many of the donor family members. The look on their faces was incredible, a mixture of sadness, joy, and a little bit of shock I think. It was a very moving experience for all of us.

The next longest and loudest standing ovation was for Sean Elliott(NBA basketball player and kidney recipient from his brother). Again, as famous as Sean is, he too was truly unprepared for the reception we gave both he and his brother. His comeback in the world of professional sports is unparalleled in the transplant recipient world. Sean really is a shining example of what can be done with this gift of life that most of us on the TRNSPLNT newsgroup have received. I want to try and meet him tonight just to shake his hand and thank him for the incredible shining example he is of what is possible for a transplant recipient.

Later in the program, a member of a donor family came to the podium to speak for all donor families and received another long standing ovation. All in all, it was a wonderfully moving and celebratory opening ceremonies, and after the lighting of the flame, it ended with all of us shouting "Let the games begin!" and a beautiful fireworks display. What a way to celebrate my 45th birthday!

I left out many other details of what occurred and only touched on some of the high points. For complete coverage of the games, go to http://www.transweb.org/webcast/usa2000 As of 11:30 AM EST Thursday, the site has not been updated with the first day's events, but if you check back through out the day, I'm sure it will be up and running soon.

I'm looking forward to the Donor Recognition Ceremony tonight and the TRNSPLNT get together afterwards.

After speaking with many donor family members, who I found to be actually pretty understanding of what each of us goes through before and after transplantation, they still would like to hear from the recipients of their loved ones organs, even if it has been over nine years since your transplant. A simple preprinted thank you note signed with only your first name, or even just "Your Recipient", would do just fine. You would normally send this through your OPO, and then it would be anonymously forwarded to your donor family. Promise yourself to do it this weekend. It will make such a difference in their lives. You can even specify to your OPO that you don't want any letters from them forwarded to you, if that is your wish. Please make this commitment now, even if your transplant rejected and/or was unsuccessful. YOU can really make a difference!

With love, Guy
Kidney transplant recipient, 7/02/98 OSUMC

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