San Antonio couple honors son at annual Translplant Games

Games held in Houston July 11-15

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance has asked the parents of an organ donor in San Antonio to be their representatives during their annual Transplant Games July 11-15 in Houston.

"I am wanting to do this for my son because he used to love to run," said Gloria Arredondo, who was preparing for the 5K walk/run.

Gloria and Joe Arredondo are not just heading to Houston to take part in the walk, but also to spread the message about organ donation in honor of their son, Timothy.

In 2003, when he was 11, Timothy was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver just steps away from the family's church. Doctors were able to harvest his kidneys, liver and heart.

"Since the beginning, I can assure you the strength we had as a family came totally from our father God," Arredondo said.

Their faith and their son's donation continue to carry them through.

"If something should happen to yourself, to someone you love, there is a way for their life to keep going, and that's through organ donation," said Arredondo.

The Arredondos know Timothy's heart went to a young lady who was 12 at the time and living in Kansas City. She needed the transplant after she suffered a spinal stroke following her first transplant.

"I will never know what it is like to have a daughter so we consider this lady as our daughter, most definitely," said Joe Arredondo.

That is why, 11 years later, they continue to promote organ donation.

"It's a joy," she said.

The games take place over five days. There are a total of 16 events, including the 5K run/walk, badminton, golf, table tennis, bowling and cycling. They have also added Texas Hold 'Em poker tournement and ballroom dancing for the first time this year.

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