Team Philly wins 27 medals in swimming at Transplant Games

Jim Melwert
August 05, 2018 - 10:09 am
Transplant Games of America

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SALT LAKE CITY (KYW Newsradio) — Team Philly raked in more than two dozen medals in swimming at the 2018 Transplant Games. 

But for one group of spectators, just getting to Salt Lake City was half the fun. 

Back in 2006, Andrea Henninger didn’t make it to the Transplant Games to see her mother Suzanne Ahmie swim with Team Philly.

"I was getting married, like, the following week," she recalled.

But after that, she made a pledge to herself: "Never miss a time that she swam. She didn't swim a couple years so I didn’t go to those games, but any game that she's swam since 2006 when I missed it, I've been here."

Henninger took an alternative route to the games in Salt Lake City.

"The only way to make it work was to buy an RV and put the husband and the kids and the dog and the in-laws," she said, "and we're on day 12 of a 20-some day trip to watch mom swim."

Plus, they're doing a little sightseeing along the way.

"Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. And then we're gonna keep going to Arizona, Texas and then somehow get home," she said.

Ahmie, a kidney recipient, didn’t disappoint, either, winning a silver in the 50-meter freestyle.

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