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Wausau man trains for U.S. Transplant Games

Wausau man trains for U.S. Transplant Games


by Elizabeth Fay

WAUSAU (WAOW)--A grandfather, who is a teenager at heart, trains for the U.S. Transplant Games.

Jim Porter of Wausau will head to Madison to compete with 1,500 athletes who've received organ transplants. Porter trains nearly six days a week for 5K and 20K cycling races.

 A few years ago, competing seemed nearly impossible. Porter received a heart transplant in 2006. Before the surgery, there were occasions when Jim crawled and lost his eye sight.

Now he zips by on his bike, with a 19 year-old heart keeping him going.

"It's pretty incredible to think where he came from and where he is now. It's certainly one of life's greatest surprises" says Jim's wife, Kris Porter.

The National Kidney Foundation hosts the U.S. Transplant games in Madison from July 30th to August 4th. Athletes who've received lifesaving organ transplants from all over the country plan to compete.

Porter says he rides to give thanks to the hundreds of people who helped give him a second chance at life.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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