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Transplant patients put in the miles for donor week

07 September 2018
Eight members of Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s successful transplant games team will be taking on a marathon challenge on Friday (07 September) to mark Organ Donation Week.

The transplant recipients, who have amassed a total of 12 medals at the Transplant Games, five of which were Gold, will be hitting the treadmills at the Frank Lee Centre on the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust site to run the cumulative number of miles they have lived since surgery.

Between them they hope to clock up 42 miles cheered on by clinical staff in the transplant department and members of Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT), who funds the team to go to the games, 

Organiser Sarah Moody [pictured second from the left] suffered kidney failure from her early teens and received her first transplant from her mum on her 18th birthday in 1993. After three years, the kidney was rejected and she spent several years on dialysis before receiving her second kidney in 2003.

A year later she first competed as part of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital team at the British Transplant Games and has been performing ever since at the annual event. Sarah has represented Great Britain at the bi-annual World Transplant Games on four occasions in Badminton, winning a number of medals.

Sarah said: “The whole team is keen to promote organ donation during this week and we think this challenge will show how transplants can enable an active, healthy lifestyle.

“We are urging people to join the organ donation register and talk to their families about their wishes, as we need more donors to give the gift of life to people waiting for transplants.”

The media are welcome to attend the challenge and interview the team as well as staff who work in the transplant department.