What is Team Transplant?
Team Transplant is a comprehensive training/exercise program that started at the University of Washington Medical Center in 2001 to promote fitness and organ donation awareness. Led by four-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, Alysun Deckert, a registered dietitian at UW Medical Center (UWMC), the team’s goal is to train for and complete local walking and running events including the Dawg Dash, the Seattle Half Marathon and the Seattle Rock’n Roll Half Marathon. The group consists of UWMC staff, transplant recipients, living donors and their friends and family members. In its first year, Team Transplant had 35 members, and five were transplant recipients. Since its inaugural year, Team Transplant has grown to over 180 participants, including 30 transplant recipients.
Team Transplant has two training seasons. The fall season starts in early August and the spring season begins in early March. This allows everyone a full 16 weeks to prepare for the 13.1-mile events. During this time, they are encouraged to participate in informational clinics on stretching, strengthening, sports nutrition, walking technique and hill-running technique. In addition, they receive weekly motivational e-mails with team updates and training tips and are encouraged to attend group practices, held at various locations in the Seattle area on Saturday mornings.
The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Team Transplant provides a life-changing wellness program for transplant recipients and their support team through regular exercise, healthy eating and community support, and promotes organ donation awareness.
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