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  • Transplant Games Pep Rally Kick-Off Planned for Thursday

    2016 is a big year for Cleveland and for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. One of the organization’s dozen events is the inspiring Donate Life Transplant Games of America which will be held at several sites across the region from June 10-15.

    The multi-sport festival event helps promote the need for organ, eye and tissue donors, demonstrates that transplantation is a treatment that does indeed work, and honors those who have given the gift of life and sight. All athletes who will participate in the Transplant Games are organ, eye, tissue and bone marrow recipients or living donors. There are also special events and programs for the families of organ donors.

    Important Links:  Register to be an organ donor  |  Transplant Games Home Page  |  Lifebanc  |  Eversight Ohio

    The event is estimated to bring around 6,000 participants, family and friends to Cleveland, resulting in $8.1 million of economic activity and an heightened awareness of the need for organ donation and transplantation.

    With the event now six months away, the Sports Commission and its event partners – Lifebanc and Eversight Ohio – will host a pep rally and kick-off event at the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland on Thursday. The kick-off pep rally will unveil the Transplant Games Torch, which will begin its six month journey across Ohio, and serve as prelude to the opening of event registration on February 1.

    2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America Pep Rally Details

    WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the program, hosted by WOIO 19 News Anchor, Q, to begin at 11 a.m.

    WHERE: FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland- Lakeside Entrance Lobby
    300 Lakeside Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114

    WHO: Gordon Bowen, CEO, Lifebanc                                                                                                                     Mike Mulhall, Vice President of Business Development, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
    Debbie May-Johnson, Executive Director, Eversight Ohio
    Bill Ryan, President, Transplant Games of America
    2016 Transplant Games participants