A battle with rain and lightning had ensued
all afternoon. Participants and staff frequently search
for cover from the elements. In the night the rain continued
to fall. The air was as thick as a milkshake and slowed
your strides as you pushed through it. Puddles of rain that
hadn't soaked into the sandy ground lined or blocked the
sidewalks as you moved towards
Just what the doctor ordered!
the All-Star Resort's outdoor lounge. This sanctuary from
competition provided a place for family and friends to unwind.
Those that didn't mind a little rain would not be disappointed.
A quick survey of the crowd revealed faces that lit the
night with the glow of their smiles. The karaoke machine
was the center of attention throughout the event. Both young
and old lined up to sing their songs. Some sang alone and
others in a group. It did not matter how they sang. Good
or bad, they all received applauds from a supportive and
need for organ donation and transplantation." Aaron is also
amazing since he is competing in five different events at
the Games. His events range from track and field to swimming.
Aaron is truly an inspiration.
|One singer that stood out this night was
16 year old Arron Bradley, a kidney recipient from Philadelphia
who is blind. Aaron sang a heartfelt a capella
version of a song that thanked donors for the precious
gift of life they gave to him and so many other recipients.
At the end of his song Arron received a standing ovation.
Aaron "credits his parents, god and his teachers for
his ability to sing." He thinks that events like the
Transplant Games " is an incredible way to spread the
word about the
and is a veteran member of Team Michigan. Whether you just
wanted something cold to drink, to share some conversation
or howl at the moon, the All-Star Resort's outdoor lounge
was the place to be and by the look on their faces, just what
the doctor ordered.
|Athletic compatition and fun were not
the only things on the mind of kidney recipient Kurt
Weichert when he traveled to the Transplant Games with
his girlfriend Lynn Liberty. Earlier in the day Kurt
surprised Lynn with a proposal of marriage in front
of some close friends in the All-Star Cafe. Having accepted
his proposal, the couple was enjoying the night. Kurt
received his kidney transplant in 1996