Showcase: Susan English

It’s been more than 35 years since Susan English was a college student, but that time in her life will stand out as the beginning of a long journey to good health. As a freshman she became hospitalized with elevated liver enzymes and lost 40 pounds. She recovered, but years later, she was diagnosed with giant cell hepatitis, which had caused some cirrhosis of her liver. Over the next 20 years, Susan battled moderate hepatic encephalopathy, suffered a spontaneous splenic artery aneurysm, endured extended stays in the hospital and rehabilitative care, and sat on the wait list for a new liver three times. Finally in August 2013, English received her gift of life at Northwestern Memorial Hospita

Showcase: Ross Owens

Ross Owens participated in the World Transplant Games in 2017 (Spain) and has been hooked ever since. He’s been tirelessly advocating for organ donation from his home in Hillsboro and training extensively for the 2020 Transplant Games in New Jersey. Of course with Covid, his workouts have changed a little. “I got back to the gym just last week," he said. " I am not attempting the speeds I was going before the shut down, but going pretty fast and going a full hour each time. We'll see how long it takes to get back to sped and endurance levels." Ross served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1974, then became a special educator with the Illinois Department of Corrections. He received a liver transp

Showcase of Team Illinois Athletes: David Farmer

As you know by now, the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games of America have been rescheduled for July 16-20, 2021, in Meadowlands, New Jersey. As we pivot to accommodate new guidelines, we also focus on the people who make Team Illinois one of the longest-running teams to compete at the Games. The year was 1990 to be exact when a rag-tag group of transplant recipients formed the Spare Parts basketball team and started bringing home medals. Today Team Illinois competitors vy for medals in more than 20 athletic events and continue to build camaraderie through competition while commemorating the lives of their donors. We hope to inspire transplant recipients, living donors, and donor family mem

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