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May 28, 2021

Global Event Underway in Houston Honoring Organ Transplantation

HOUSTON –And they’re off! Participants around the world from all 50 states kicked off the 2021 World Transplant Games 5k AnyWay today. Collectively, participants will make their digital trek from Houston, TX all the way around the world and back! With the support of the World Transplant Games Federation, this eight-day global celebration of life is off with a BANG! Participants are encouraged to complete a 5K, literally however they would like. With thousands of participants coming up with their own unique ways to 5K, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

For every 10 people who join a 5k AnyWay team, a custom Build-a-Bear teddy will be donated to a child currently on the waitlist. So far, well over 300 TX the teddy bears have been unlocked for youth patients around the globe and are finding their way into the arms of kids just like Kit (pictured below).

On June 5th the world will celebrate: Memorial Hermann, a national leader in the field of pediatric and adult transplantation, has partnered to become the presenting sponsor of The Around the World AnyWay Celebration. This virtual celebration will be the exclamation point to a week of inspirational and unique ways to race 3.1 miles during the 2021 World Transplant Games 5K AnyWay presented by Texas Medical Center.

Expect the unexpected with what will be a celebration that’s “OUT OF THIS WORLD” as it circles the globe with the help of NASA and Space Center Houston – and a few celebrity appearances. The event will also allow participants to celebrate their performances in the 5K AnyWay and share their powerful stories.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of The Around the World AnyWay Celebration and help bring awareness to organ donation and honor donors, recipients and donor families,” said Greg Haralson, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

“Memorial Hermann has a rich history of saving lives through transplantation and the 5K AnyWay is a tangible reminder that there is indeed life after transplant.”

When the global pandemic forced cancellation of the 2021 World Transplant Games in Houston, the Sports Authority created the 5K AnyWay, a virtual race around the world which allows participants to complete their race miles in Any Way they choose.

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