The 16-year-old Evan Donahue, the son of Olathe residents Brenda and Mike Donahue had a kidney transplant three years ago. But he is diving for tennis ball games and swimming for Lenexa’s St. James Academy. He was diagnosed with posterior urethral valves, which is a congenital condition.
This condition causes blockages affecting urinary tract organs and kidneys. When the boy turned 12, more medicine was required and stricter diets patterns were to be followed, so his parents got ready for a kidney transplant.
He said, “We always thought my mom’s kidneys would be a match. It turned out we were a near perfect match”. The two surgeries were conducted at Children’s Mercy Hospital on June 27, 2007. Brenda’s daughter and husband Mike took care of them. His fellow students from St. Paul’s Catholic School and family friends greeted him when he returned home after being hospitalized.
About three years later, the boy is brave enough to demonstrate his newfound athleticism in Wisconsin at The Transplant Games in Madison.
These biennial games began in 1990 to honor donors and to mark the success of organ transplantation. About 7,500 attendees were present at this year’s games, out of which 1,500 are transplant athletes. The sports activities convened include basketball, cycling, golf, racquetball, swimming, tennis and track and field events and the winners are given gold, silver and bronze medals.