Kevin Murphy at press time was to take his new heart on a trip to Houston where "they" would run track and compete in their first Transplant Games of America.

Kevin, now 17 and a senior at California High School, received the gift of life when he was 12. Ill with flu-like symptoms and not improving, he was whisked away to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford for what doctors believed was a failing liver.

It was his heart that was failing, he was put on the heart transplant waiting list and his family watched his condition worsen. Thirteen days later, a heart would become available, the heart transplant surgery would be successful and Kevin would begin a new chapter.

One of the 60 NorCal team members for the Transplant Games that were to be held Friday through Tuesday, Kevin was to run track as he does on the Varsity Track team at Cal High with his parents, Tim and Dianna and brothers Steven, Brian and Brandon cheering in the stands along with about 3,000 spectators.

The Transplant Games, held at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston this year, is a biennial national event to recognize the accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected and changed by eye, organ and tissue donation.

A weeklong festival of events, the Games bring the athletes, living donors, donor families and members of the medical community together to promote awareness of the impact that such donations make and to celebrate the gift of life.


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Athletes compete by gender in various age groups with medals awarded to the top three competitors in each age group. Events include, among others: badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, Texas 'Hold-em Poker and Trivia Challenge.

The Murphy Family hosts an annual Pay It Forward Blood Drive and collected 112 units of blood this past March with the help of the Stanford Blood Mobiles, family and friends.

take a walk: Another free event to thank the residents of San Ramon for making our community a great place to live and work is planned for this Saturday. The new Walking Series will combine this great exercise with quality time with your four-legged friends at the Walk With Your Dog event beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Meet at the Bark and Ride Park in the heart of Dougherty Valley at 1120 S. Wedgewood Road between the Dougherty Safeway Center and Gale Ranch Middle School. There is a dog park for small and large dog breeds, free bike lockers and parking spaces for commuters to meet.

The Walking Series will introduce new places within San Ramon that are ideal for outdoor activities. The walk will start at the park and continue onto the nearby trail. Pet experts will also be on hand to answer pet questions or rather, your questions about your pet, and refreshments will be provided. Walkers of all ages are welcome and dogs must be on a leash.

treasure island: The San Ramon Community Theater will hold auditions for their fall production of "Treasure Island" on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dougherty Station Community Center. Callbacks will be held Wednesday.

Rehearsals will be Mondays through Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. with show dates Sept. 26 to Oct. 12. "Treasure Island" will be directed by Roger Craig. For more information, visit the website at www.sanramoncommunitytheater.org.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.