2018 Transplant Games of America moves from the pool to the track

"It hasn't even been a year since her last transplant and to see her compete is just amazing. It’s a blessing."

Jim Melwert
August 05, 2018 - 11:48 pm

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio

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SALT LAKE CITY (KYW Newsradio) — The action at the 2018 Transplant Games of America moves from the pool to the track. These Games celebrate organ donation and raise awareness for the need for more donors.

Team Philly’s Layla Hicks is 11-years-old, making her third transplant games, she on her second heart, her first when she turned 1, and her second just last September.

Layla says she loves the transplant games because she around kids her age who have gone through the same issues.

“It feels really great; I think it's great to feel like someone who doesn’t feel different around other people,” she said.

Her mom, Kylie Gross says she feel so lucky to have her daughter here.

“It hasn't even been a year since her last transplant and to see her compete is just amazing," she said. It’s a blessing. We’re so lucky.”