Team Philly cyclist earns bronze at Transplant Games of America

He wants to give it to the family of the man who gave him a heart.

Jim Melwert
August 04, 2018 - 9:42 am
Team Philly athlete Bill Solloway

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SALT LAKE CITY (KYW Newsradio) — The competition heated up Saturday at the Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, with more swimming, basketball, and a 5K run. 

Team Philadelphia’s Bill Soloway, at his second Transplant Games, picked up a bronze medal in cycling on the first day of the competition. It was a long time coming, he said. He came up short at the games two years ago, in hopes of getting a medal to give to the family of the man who gave him a heart.

"It was when I said I’m just going to go out there and have fun and not have that stress on my shoulders. And here it is, my first medal,” Soloway said.

Soloway added while he hasn’t met his donor family yet, he’s lucky that he exchanges letters and messages with them.

“One of the messages I got from my donor’s father, who said, 'I really appreciate how you do all these things in honor of my son,' " he said.

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KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert, a living kidney donor, is competing with Team Philadelphia.