2010 NKF US Transplant Games: New Team NorCal Profiles

The 2010 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games are just 2 weeks away and we can feel the energy rising from recipient athletes all over the nation. As Ana & Isa will be competing with Team NorCal, we are profiling each athlete to find out just why the Games are so important to them. This extraordinary group of transplant recipients hails from all over Northern California, reminding that our film tells the story of so many individuals around the world and even just next door. Take a look at our Team NorCal profiles to get familiar with these shining faces of second life, and check out our new U.S. Transplant Games page for live updates leading up to Madison!

Meet Team NorCal:

Isa Stenzel Byrnes

Isa Stenzel Byrnes

Competitions: Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball

Transplant: Double Lung (2004)

Quote: “I celebrate my 4th games– and my growing community of transplant friends– with excellent health thanks to the strong lungs I received from my donor.”

Tiffany Van Alst

Tiffany Van Alst

Competitions: Fast Walk, High Jump, Long Jump, 100 Meter Relay

Transplant: Kidney (5 years – 6 in August!)

Quote: “Never Give up and you can do it too! Just start with a goal and then just get up and go!”

Nancy Lonhart

Nancy Lonhart

Competitions: Swimming, Track & Field

Transplant: Kidney (1993)

Quote: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, WOW- What a ride!”

Stacey Collver

Stacey Collver

Competitions: Badminton

Transplant: Double Lung (Stanford, November 2004)

Quote: “I am forever grateful to my donor family for almost six years of new life, and the opportunity to play badminton in the Transplant Games. Hearing about the Games from Ana and Isa gave me hope and inspiration for life!”

Ed Beteta

Ed Beteta

Competitions: Basketball, Softball Throw, Volleyball

Transplant: Kidney (June 14, 2007)

Quote:“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark

Competitions: Bowling

Transplant: Liver

Quote: “By receiving the ‘Gift of Life’ from a stranger, I appreciate every day and look forward to my first Transplant Games.”

Thank you to California Transplant Donor Network for organizing Team NorCal and to Cathy Olmo (team captain) and Kathy Clark (volunteer coordinator) for connecting us with each wonderful athlete. Go Team NorCal! To see all Team NorCal profiles, click here.

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