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Transplant Games Provide a Way to Honor Organ DonationJoAnn Villaneuva and her sister Janice Gill

The Transplant Games of America are special to sisters JoAnn Villanueva and Suzanne Ruff, and their entire family. JoAnn has PKD, and Suzanne does not. In 2004, Suzanne donated her kidney to JoAnn. "The Games started as a way to show the world that transplants work," Suzanne said. "It is a celebration of life as donors and recipients come together."

Their first experience with the Games came in 1994 when their mother, Joan Gill, participated and won the bronze medal in golf in her age group. Joan received a transplant in 1988 after ten years on dialysis from PKD.

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