Three Athletes From Charlotte Competing in Transplant Games of A -

Three Athletes From Charlotte Competing in Transplant Games of America

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Three athletes from Charlotte are heading to Houston Friday to compete in the Transplant Games of America, which are similar to the Olympics for organ recipients. Tom Aspenwall, a heart recipient, will compete in the discus, the shot put, the long throw and the 1500 meter walk race.

Aspenwall has never met his donor’s family, but he thinks about them every day and during the games, he’ll also remember them. He said, “When you’re the one waiting for an organ transplant, you don’t want anyone to die so you can live so that’s the hardest part.”

Aspenwall was 47 years old when he received his new heart. He waited 27 years for a transplant after he was diagnosed with heart failure. Aspenwall said, “You feel so good again you just want to live forever.”

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