Jennifer Herlihy, one of our liver recipients, flew to Madison Wisconsin last week to compete for her first time ever in the Transplant Olympics…and let’s just say…she has certainly made the experience worth the trip!
On Saturday, with some solid pacing from her husband, Todd, she won her age group in the 5k in an amazing time of 24:29 (~7:53/mile)….Then on Monday she returned to action on the track where she managed to pick up not one…not two…but THREE MORE MEDALS!!!!: Gold in the 1500m (6:45) and 800m (3:27) and silver in the 400m (1:42.5)…not bad for someone who’s been training for half marathons!
Congratulations, Jen! You done us proud!:-)
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Steve, at the finish line, 2006 (image:asiphoto)
Steve Reynolds: I knew coming out of my liver transplant I would need to do something, but what? Team Transplant and Alysun showed me the way. How to safely regain my strength and GET OUT THERE. What a great group. We even made up a little rhyme: “Without Alysun, where would we be? At home on the couch, watching TV”. Not only able to do many half-marathon walks, I’m saved from the “Soaps”. TTX makes my life. (Click on photo for more from Breakthrough, Spring, 2007!)
Jeannie Reynolds: Team Transplant means a lot to me for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of the amazing people I’ve come to know…a truly inspirational bunch. Every story is different, but we are brought together because we, or someone close to us, shares a health circumstance that is life changing and life affirming. The whole experience of being involved provides me with a positive energy about living well, but also is a very good exercise program to keep me healthy.
Lenard Yen: i keep asking myself how i got mixed up in all of this and all i can come up with is that it was a matter of choice. i needed to play an active role in my bone health or i could ignore common sense. i’m a plodder, i focus well, i enjoy life and these walks give me a chance to restore. team transplant has amazing powers of support and community -a living organism greater than the sum of its parts. good group therapy – physical and inspirational. i chose team transplant and i’m glad i did.