Transplant Athletes Wanted!

Team Buffalo welcomes organ, cornea, tissue and bone marrow transplant recipients, as well as living donors and donor families to join us as competitors in the Transplant Games of America. To be eligible for athletic challenges, competitors must be at least nine months post transplant and be in good health.  

The Games include special activities for donor families, and Team Buffalo also welcomes other supporters to help us celebrate the power of donation and transplantation. 

We are scheduling local events for athletes to safely compete while being cheered on by teammates and supporters. The events, held between now and July, will also help us to raise public awareness about the Donate Life mission. 


Team Buffalo

Team-Buffalo-logo-KFWNY-web.jpgTeam Buffalo is made up of members of the Western New York transplant community who participate in the Transplant Games of America every other year.

Team Buffalo works to bring together organ, eye, tissue and bone marrow recipients; living donors; donor families; and donation and transplant professionals. The team celebrates the success of transplantation, honors the legacy of donors and provide hope to those who continue to wait. Team Buffalo promotes donor registration through individual and team efforts and events.

Team Buffalo is a program of the Kidney Foundation of WNY, with support from ConnectLife. 

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Transplant Games of America

tga-logo-300.pngThe Donate Life Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival event produced by the Transplant Life Foundation for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients. More than an athletic event, the Donate Life Transplant Games highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. 

Learn more about the Transplant Games of America.




“Honor the Journey… Coast to Coast.”

Transplant Games NJ LogoThe Transplant Life Foundation has announced that this July the Transplant Games will “Honor the Journey… Coast to Coast.” The reformatted Games will take place in hometowns all across the country.

Signature events will be produced and aired from New Jersey. There is no live audience planned.

July 16, 2021   Zoom of Athletes
July 16, 2021   Opening Ceremony
July 17, 2021   Living Donor Celebration
July 18, 2021   Donor Tribute
                                                 July 19, 2021   Salute to our Veterans and Closing Ceremony             

Virtual Special events will take place between May and July with specific dates to be determined.

  • TGA Flag Signing Events                   
  • Two Coffee House Events
  • Quilt-Pinning Ceremony
  • Reflection Room
  • Transplant Community Webcasts
  • Quarter Century Club Recognition
  • Transplant Games Orientation


The following competitions will be offered in 2021 with registered athletes competing in their hometowns and submitting scores. Competitions can take place between April 1 and July 1, 2021.

  • Singles Bowling                                                  
  • Singles Golf
  • Track (timed events only)
  • Online Poker
  • Lyrics for Life
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Youth Olympiad
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Tik-Tok
  • 5K Run

Detailed competition information is available on the Transplant Games website.


Sponsors and Supporters

Thank you to our supporters, including:

Taste of Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres Foundation

Acoustic Guitar Group

Tony Walker & Co

Fraternal Order of Eagles Depew Lancaster Aerie #2693


Click here to make your own donation to Team Buffalo.