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Yardley resident captures gold at Transplant Games

Heart transplant recipients Robert Goodman, John Clyde and Bill Soloway.

Bill Soloway of Yardley brought home the gold at the 2018 Transplant Games of America – just three years after his heart transplant.

The Transplant Games is a biennial celebration of life featuring athletes who are living donors, organ transplant recipients and bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients.

Soloway was among the more than 200 attendees from the region, which includes Delaware, southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, who represented the region when Team Philadelphia traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Transplant Games, held Aug. 2 to 7, celebrates the success of organ donation.

Athletes competed in the Olympic-style competition, participating in sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball and more. Members of Team Philadelphia dominated at the games, bringing home 150 medals – 69 gold, 43 silver and 38 bronze.

Soloway received a heart transplant in 2015. He won gold in badminton singles, bronze in badminton doubles, and bronze in cycling.

Gift of Life Donor Program is the nonprofit, federally-designated organ procurement organization, serving 11.2 million people in the region. Approximately 115,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and 5,300 men, women and children in the region are currently waiting.

For more information on organ donation or to register, visit donors1.org.


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