The Busiest June...
June 11th I returned from Camp Okawehna outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Camp Okawehna is a week long summer experience for children suffering from kidney disease. Children who have had a kidney transplant as well as children on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are welcomed at camp — and of course, me, Rena Dee. Camp "O", as it is affectionately called, is one of the largest kidney camps in the country!
We had an amazing time: swimming, rock climbing, doing crafts, dancing, participating in color competitions, mastering the ropes course, aiming for the bull’s-eye in archery, racing in the pinewood derby, performing in the talent show, acquiring new circus arts talents with Circus Mojo and even dressing up for the prom.
This year’s prom was extra special. I had a pink beaded dress tailored just for me. There were so many dresses to choose from and a seamstress was on site to make sure they all fit perfectly.
On the 16th I left for the XVIII World Transplant Games 2011 in Göteborg, Sweden. I’m here with 3 transplant athletes, 2 living donor parents and their families. The World Transplant Games offer a unique opportunity to advance the cause of organ donation through our athletes desire to show the world what can be achieved after transplantation.
We’ve been reconnecting with old friends — like our friends from South Africa — and making new ones. There are 1,150 participants from 51 countries and 45 of those participants are children! So far we’ve run a mini marathon, played volleyball, floorball and golf.
During the team golf competition I even helped caddy.
Every competitor in the Games is already a winner — our lives. Thanks to organ donation someone has given us the gift of life.