May 2, 2019

JP Marzano and his family have been involved with the transplant community for more than 25 years, and the Donate Life Transplant Games have been a huge part of his life.

Diagnosed at age 16 with a degenerative kidney disease called Alport syndrome, JP has been on two...

September 1, 2018

More than 8,000 people attended the 2018 Transplant Games held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City. Representing Team Illinois were 32 athletes and 45 loyal supporters. Among the athletes competing for Illinois were 13 kidney recipients, four heart transplant recipients, eight...

May 1, 2018

Transplant Life Illinois team members gathered April 21, 2018, at The Bean in downtown Chicago to help set a new Guinness Book world record. Organized by Laurie Dickinson Lee from Transplant Village and Kate Griggs from Northwestern Medical, the event brought together...

March 17, 2016


Several team members got together on Sat. March 5, 2016, for a second flag signing at Gift of Hope in Springfield.


Agnes Rapacz, recruitment chairperson, organized the event and was captured by the local news station along with Diane Schmitz and Lisa Dodson from Gift...

February 4, 2016

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than giving from the heart?  


Join members of Team Illinois at Have a Heart: Be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor to help raise funds for team members who would otherwise not be able to attend the games for financial reasons. 


November 15, 2015


National Donor Sabbath, November 13-15, 2015, is the time when major religions come together to learn about and celebrate donation and transplantation -- and pray for those affected by it.



There are more than 123,000 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants --...

October 1, 2015

Be part of the competition and camaraderie ... join Team Ilinois! Click at left to check out the action from the 2014 TGA ... you won't want to miss the fun in 2016. Team Illinois is currently recruiting transplant recipients and living donors to participate as athlete...

September 15, 2015

From time to time, Team Illinois hopes to bring you an inspiring story from one of our team members. Please welcome Randy Zwier ...

August 15, 2015

Team Illinois is excited to announce a brand new look for our website as we look forward to the 2016 TGA games! In addition to being a resource for our team, we look forward to providing information about organ donation and providing support for all those involved.



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