Atlanta, Ga. (April 18, 2014) – Scott Floyd has spent half of his life on a kidney transplant waiting list and dealing with resulting health issues. He considers himself lucky to have gotten not just a second, but a third chance at a normal life. Thanks to those second chances - and a lot of determination and passion - Floyd has become a medal winner and fierce competitor in the Transplant Games of America.
Floyd, now 50, received his first kidney transplant at age 25 from his mother after a severe case of strep throat caused his kidneys to shut down. Just 14 years later, Scott’s kidneys failed a second time. This time, a high school friend came to his rescue, and Floyd received another kidney transplant at Piedmont Atlanta.
After a quick recovery, Floyd had a realization. He could not let this second gift of life go to waste. To put his good health to the test, Floyd decided to complete in the Transplant Games of America and the World Transplant Games, multi-sport competition events open to anyone who has received an organ or bone marrow transplant.
“Competing was the perfect outlet for me to challenge myself physically as well as mentally,” said Floyd. During the Transplant Games, Floyd also was able to promote organ donation and share the impact it had on his life. In Floyd’s first Transplant Games of America event in 2012, he won a myriad of medals including gold in cycling.
The Transplant Games of America and the World Transplant Games demonstrate the success of transplant surgery and raise awareness of the critical importance of organ and tissue donation around the world. The two events take place on alternating years and bring together transplant donors, recipients, and activists.
Today, Floyd is training for this summer’s Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas and looking even further ahead to the World Games in 2015 where he plans to compete in running and cycling.
“I have been able to show others how organ donations really do give recipients a new life,” said Floyd. “I am forever grateful for the generosity of my donors and want to inspire others to learn more about organ donation.”
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a living kidney donor, join us for a lunch and learn at Piedmont Fayette Hospital on Tuesday, April 29 at 12 p.m. or visit piedmonttransplant.org.
For more information on the Transplant Games of America, visit www.transplantgamesofamerica.com.