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Islet cell transplantee wins gold

Mary Jenkins, 65, took part in the British Transplant Games in Coventry from 30 July to 2 August. She won Gold in the 3k walk, 800m, 400m and 200m run, and silver in the mini marathon. She also won the super vets 65 year age group and over, and received the cup for a year.

Mary had islet cell transplants in 2003 and 2004, and has taken part in a challenge every year since 2005. She has participated in every British Transplant Games since 2006, and in 2007 she took part in the Great China Wall Walk.

Mary, who has had Type 1 diabetes for 43 years, said: “I enjoy the challenge and I am very pleased that I’ve done so well in the Games last weekend. I hope to encourage other people with diabetes to take up sports and exercise and have a healthier lifestyle”.

Cathy Moulton, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “Mary’s achievement are outstanding, she is a great example for everyone that diabetes does not stop people from taking part in sport activities and competitions, and accomplishing great results.”

The British Transplant Games have been staged annually since 1978, and incorporate a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities for all age groups. Over the past 30 years, the British Transplant Games have grown to a four day annual event for over 600 competitors and nearly 1000 supporters.

The aim of The Games is to encourage transplant patients to regain fitness and to promote friendship and co-operation between individuals concerned with transplantation, whilst increasing public awareness of the value of organ donation.

Mary is now hoping to find a sponsor to take part in the 2010 London Marathon and in next year’s World Transplant Games.

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