Erik Compton, double heart transplanted Professional US golfer, sends a message to the golfing competitors at the Växjö Games 2010

The following message, which unfortunately arrived a little too late for Games in Växjö comes from Erik Compton from the USA Erik, a 28-year-old professional golfer on the US PGA tour, who very recently competed in the US Open Golf Championship in Pebble Beach, is a double heart transplant recipient receiving the first donor heart at the young age of 12 and the second two years ago. His mother, who is Norwegian, runs an Organ Donor Foundation in Miami, Florida. Because of his high profile in the US golfing world, great media coverage and publicity has been generated by his heart transplant and his ability to compete at the highest level of his sport, Erik does tremendous work for organ donor awareness and the transplant community. TO ALL GOLFING COMPETITORS AT THE EUROPEAN HEART & LUNG TRANSPLANT GAMES It is a great honour and my pleasure to send you my sincere wishes for great rounds of golf. I wish I could be there to compete with all of you. As half European – Norwegian myself, I know that by birth you are all great athletes!!! We are all winners having overcome tremendous obstacles and we owe it to our organ donors to live healthy active lives honouring the greatest gift of all; new heart and lungs. Have a wonderful time and keep fighting and raise awareness of the importance of being an organ donor. Cheers and good health Erik Compton

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