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<p><br /><br />by Katie Riley<br />AHSC Public Affairs<br /><br />Team Arizona brought home more than 20 medals from the 2000 U.S. Transplant Games, which concluded this weekend in Florida. Seventeen of the 38 Team Arizona athletes -- including 7-year-old Kelsey Cresenzo, the team's youngest participant -- received their transplants at University Medical Center. <br /><br />Four were liver transplant recipients, two were heart/lung recipients and 11 received new hearts at UMC. More than 1,800 athletes competed in the 2000 U.S. Transplant Games, held June 21-24 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Two thousand donor families also were<br />present.<br /><br />"The Games are proof positive that organ donation and transplant work. We're thrilled to be alive and living life to the fullest," said John Landers, manager of Team Arizona and a UMC heart transplant recipient in 1991. "It's an overwhelming kind of experience," added Landers, who brought home a bronze medal in racquetball. "Even if you lose, you've already won just to be there."<br /><br />San Antonio Spurs forward and former University of Arizona Wildcat Sean Elliott was spokesman for the event. Elliott received a kidney from his brother last year.<br /><br /><A HREF="http://www.dnaz.org">Complete Team Arizona results are available online</A>. <br />The following Team Arizona athletes received their transplants at UMC:<br /><br /><b>UMC Heart Transplant Patients</b><br />Shirley Bruno, Phoenix<br />Louis Commisso, Phoenix (silver medal, singles racquetball; bronze medal,<br />doubles racquetball)<br />Judy Jankowski, Phoenix, (UMC's 500th heart transplant, silver medal, bowling )<br />John Landers, Scottsdale (bronze medal, doubles racquetball)<br />Leo Levenson, Phoenix (bronze medal, singles racquetball)<br />Frank Loskota, Flagstaff, (gold medal, cycling)<br />Marcela O'Donnell, Phoenix, age 11<br />Karl Schact, Glendale, (bronze medal, 100-meter dash)<br />Alan Shipley, Scottsdale (bronze medal, swimming)<br />Bill Wilson, Phoenix<br />Lee Woods, Phoenix, (silver medal, golf)<br /><br /><b>UMC Heart-Lung Transplant Patients</B><br />Bob Bast, Phoenix<br />Sharon Thomas, Scottsdale<br /><br /><b>UMC Liver Transplant Patients</b><br />Kelsey Cresenzo, Tucson, age 7<br />Anthony Cartwright, Tucson<br />Sandy Flowers, Tucson<br />Paul Sherrett, Tucson<br /><br /><br /></p>