VIDEO: Team duPont headed to Transplant Games

Some very special kids are headed to Houston to play games - the Transplant Games of America.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.



"I'm playing track, basketball, bowling and tennis this year."



10-year-old Onyi Kenine of Wilmington is one of thirteen kids who boarded a bus to the airport for the 2014 Transplant Games. She and 15-year-old Isaak Jones had life-saving transplants at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. Isaak got half his mother's liver when he was a baby.

"It's like a family, 'cause we all had the same thing happen to us, we all had surgery. People don't really know how we feel and how we are," he said.



Shylah Haldeman is the heart failure and heart transplant coordinator at Nemours.

"It really means a lot for them to get out there and show everybody how much they can do because they've been treated very fragile for most of their lives," she said.



16-year-old Gabe Clark looks forward to it every year.

"This IS a vacation. Yeah, I enjoy it a lot. It's like you go out of state, you travel, and then you meet new people," he said.



Robert Galvin's son Bobby has been going for several years now.

"They all have a common denominator between them, with having the transplant and going through what they've been through. It's a lot easier to talk about it with somebody that's been through it than somebody who hasn't been," he said.



Isaak says there's more to the games than the competition.

"Don't tell the younger kids this, but when they go to bed we all do midnight swims," he said.








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