July 3, 2018
Dr. Jim Gill, Founder of Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia, North Carolina, is competing in swimming events at the 2018 Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah in August.
Dr. Gill is a gold medalist and world record holder in swimming in the U.S. and World Transplant Games. Athletes that participate in the Transplant Games must have received a life-saving organ transplant - Dr. Gill's sister Carolie donated a life-saving kidney to him in 2003.
The Transplant Games hope to increase awareness to the importance of organ, cornea, bone marrow and tissue donation and increase the number of donor candidates.
“It’s been nine years since my last Games and I’m stoked that I’m able to take on this athletic challenge and compete again,” said Dr. Gill to the Gaston Gazette. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of Team North Carolina in the Games. The people on my team are truly amazing. I’m very thankful to my sister and hero, Carole, for her gift of life that makes this all possible. I hope that by participating in the Transplant Games, it will show that transplantation not only works, but people can live a successful life as a result. Hopefully, this will get more people to think about becoming an organ donor.
Wilkinson Animal Hospital, along with sister veterinary clinics in North Carolina - Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital and Charlotte Street Animal Hospital - and Southern Veterinary Partners, is sponsoring Team North Carolina.