Mary Schlereth is one of our contributing bloggers here at “I am. Are you?” She’s also an incredibly busy, busy person. Currently the Community Engagement Coordinator at Illinois Eye-Bank, Mary has also helped spearhead Donate Life Illinois’ high school organ/tissue donor education program.
On top of it all, Mary now serves as the co-manager for Team Illinois 2010, the state’s U.S. Transplant Games team. We wanted to check in with Mary as she gets ready to enter a busy year and a half of planning and prepping for what will undoubtedly be another excellent Transplant Games.
We plan to check in with Mary from time to time as we countdown to the 2010 Games!
594 days away.
The U.S. Transplant Games 2010 are 594 days away! More than 5,000 people from across the nation will come together in Madison, Wisconsin July 30-August 4th, 2010 to celebrate and honor the gift of life!
If you’ve never been to the Transplant Games, you need to go! Whether it’s to see the opening ceremonies, check out the National Donor Quilt or to watch transplant recipients swim or bike their way to the finish line, it is truly an event you won’t soon forget. For those of you who live in IL, it will be an easy drive up and I hear Madison is beautiful.
Team Illinois is gearing up for the Games. I keep telling everyone that once the New Year starts, we are going hit the ground running! We’ve taken some time off to relax and recuperate from the 2008 Games in Pittsburg, but once January 1 hits, we’ll be ready to go! We’ll start having fundraising events as well as team socials around the state.
I’ll keep you updated on this blog, but also check out the new Team Illinois website. Our WebMaster, David, who is a kidney/pancreas recipient, did a fabulous job! Something new to Team Illinois for the upcoming Games is our social networking presence on NING (it’s a private network but just drop a comment here if you’re planning to be part of Team Illinois 2010)!
This NING-thing is new to me. I’m still one of those 20-somethings (at least for a few more months) who doesn’t have a MySpace or Facebook page. I know, I know. I’m trying to catch up! But it’s really great to see Team Members already communicating and getting ready for the Games.
Also, if you’re from another state, you’ve got a team. Check out the National Kidney Foundation’s official 2010 Transplant Games site.
I’ll be sure to drop another update in early ’09!
Team IL Co-Manager