Transplants Take On Sport

Transplants Take On Sport

Hello and welcome to Transplants Take On Sport! My name’s Lewis Daniels and I’m mostly made up of the same parts I was born with, the only difference being a kidney my mum donated to me when my kidneys failed. As a keen sportsman, when I was told I needed a kidney transplant I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to continue doing what I love to do. But finding out about the England and Wales Transplant Cricket Club gave me the motivation to one day be part of an inspirational team of players who are in their second innings thanks to the power of organ donation. Now part of the team, I’m looking forward to using the gift of life to continue playing cricket and compete in other events at the Transplant Games. Join me as I talk to guests from the world of transplant sport who tell their stories, talking through their experiences, overcoming obstacles to live a full and happy life and hopefully inspiring more people who are in the position that we were in. You don’t have to be a transplant patient, the podcast really is for every sports fan as we take a light-hearted look into sport, transplants and any other nonsense that might come up. If you want to make sure you don’t miss an episode, then why not press subscribe or follow. It’s free and each episode will appear in your library as soon as it’s released! Social Media: Instagram: @transplantstakeonsportpod Twitter: @TTOSpod Facebook: @transplantstakeonsportpod Support this show Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


August 31, 2022 45 mins

Joining Lewis is Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation, George, Brann-Liff.

George explains what day to day life working in organ donation is like as well as describing how it feels to be involved in a successful transplant from his point of view.

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Joining Lewis is liver transplant recipient and Nottingham Transplant Football Club player, Daniel Barnes.

Daniel opens up about his experiences of living with primary sclerosing cholangitis, liver failure, having a liver transplant and recovering from transplant surgery during a global pandemic. He also talks about his return to full fitness and playing football again after his transplant as well as how he has benefitted mental...

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Joining Lewis this time is liver transplant recipient and Nottingham Transplant Football Club player, Ben Hastings.

Ben explains how his life suddenly changed when his liver failed, how he regained his fitness after his transplant and returning to playing football again. He also talks about how important playing football with other transplant recipients has been mentally for him and his preparation for representing Transplant Te...

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Joining Lewis is motivational speaker, author and winner of multiple medals at the European and World Transplant Games, Darren Cawley.

Darren opens up about his experience of living with kidney disease for over 20 years, his 2 kidney transplants and his time on dialysis. He also shares his achievements in golf an athletic as well as his footballing plans.

As a motivational speaker, Darren explains how you may be able to benef...

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This time, Lewis is joined by England Transplant Football Club Chairman, Steve Woodrow, and the club's FA Development Advisors, Mark Horlick & Dan Landstrom.

You'll hear about how the club was formed, how you can get involved with the upcoming trials at LCFA Sefton and St. George's Park, the plans for the future of the club and the England Transplant Football Association.

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Joining Lewis this time is professional golfer Will Marklew, who is currently on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant.

Wil talks about his path to becoming a professional golfer, what life as a pro is typically like for him and how that compares since starting dialysis. He also outlines his golf plans until his transplant and beyond.

Wil explains how important the living donor testing process has been for him and both Wi...

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February 8, 2022 82 mins

Joining Lewis to kick off Series 2 is liver cancer survivor, liver transplant recipient and marathon runner, Phil Shin.

Alongside those topics and the mental and physical challenges that come with serious illnesses, Phil talks about how he's benefitted from lifesaving surgery and how his training is going ahead of running a 50km race and the 2022 Boston Marathon.

The Transplants Take On Sport Quiz also returns for Series 2.

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Joining Lewis this time is heart and kidney transplant recipient and Transplant Team GB athlete, Jade Carr. Jade's events include table tennis, badminton, 100m, javelin and ball throw.

Jade opens up about what she can remember about the heart transplant she had at the age of 3 as well as her more recent kidney transplant experience after spending time on dialysis.

She has taken part in the British, European and World Transpla...

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Joining Lewis is kidney transplant recipient, Oliver Patrick Cahill. Oliver had never really taken an interest in sport until early 2020 when he decided to change his lifestyle and make the best of his second chance at life. He now participates in Jiu-Jitsu and strength training, goes for regular walks and has really challenged himself.

He explains how this change came about as well as opening up about his childhood transplant s...

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Joining Lewis is the first heart transplant recipient to feature on Transplants Take On Sport, Susie Wood.

Susie recently completed the London Marathon for the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association so you'll hear more about how she got her place, how she trained and prepared and stories about the day itself.

She also opens up about her experiences growing up with a congenital heart defect, the effects that had on her ...

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Joining Lewis id kidney and pancreas transplant recipient, hiker and volleyball player Mark Smith.

Mark talks about his experience with diabetes before his transplants, how he started hiking and playing volleyball and his attitude towards life after transplant. He also shares the incredible story of meeting his donor's parents, some of his hiking challenges and picks his dream hiking team.

Mark is currently taking part in the...

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Joining Lewis this time is kidney transplant recipient and Transplant Team GB runner, Ryan Brett, who has recently completed a 17 day run from Land's End to John O' Groats to raise money for Transplant Sport.

Ryan talks about the challenges he faced on his run, how he kept going for so long, the planning that goes into a challenge like this and much, much more. He's also been very successful at the World Transplant Games and sha...

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Joining Lewis is kidney transplant recipient, Twitch streamer and YouTuber, Kieran McLean.

Kieran opens up about his battle with FSGS and how that and dialysis affected his life and ability to play sport leading up to his transplant as well as some of the adaptations he made to continue playing football and cricket for as long as possible. You'll also hear about how things have been going since his transplant in 2019.


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Lewis chats to two-time kidney transplant recipient, Manager of the Wales Transplant Football Team (Tim Trawsblaniad Cymru) and Patient Advocate, Shaun Ruck.

Shaun explains the origins of the Wales Transplant Football Team, how Shaun became a Team Manager, their recent return to training, the team's greatest achievements and much, much more.

Shaun also opens up about his lifelong kidney problems, two kidney transplants and ho...

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Lewis is joined for a chat by triathlete and recent liver transplant recipient, Ray Sherry who shares his experiences with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitisand how he used diet and exercise to manage the condition, maintaining a positive outlook on life throughout.

Ray's positive mindset has continued until this day and helped him deal with having a transplant during a global pandemic and taking a keen interest in his recovery to a...

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Joining Lewis this time is liver transplant recipient Emma Wiltshire, the world's fastest female transplant sprinter and much more.

Emma opens up about her incredible athletics achievements both before and after her life-saving transplant, winning multiple medals.

Emma's transplant story is a traumatic one that has seen her overcome so many obstacles. showing great determination to return to the track.

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Joining Lewis this time is liver transplant recipient, tennis player and Transplant Team GB sprinter, Andrew Weller.

Andrew opens up about his emergency liver transplant and scary experience after being discharged as well as the impact a transplant and long-term illness can have on those around you. He also explains the story behind finding his passion for sprinting and how it feels to be selected for Team GB.

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It's another Professional Patients crossover!

Joining Lewis this week is two-time kidney transplant recipient, actor and co-host of The Professional Podcast, Ruban Nathan.

Ruban opens up about his lifelong experience of kidney problems including having his first transplant at the age of 10 and his time on dialysis as an adult.

He also discusses going through school with kidney problems and a transplant, especially when it ...

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Joining Lewis this week is kidney transplant recipient and Transplant Team GB table tennis and badminton player, climber and co-host of The Professional Patients Podcast, Ollie Crawley.

Ollie opens up about his lifelong experience of kidney problems, including having a transplant at the age of 8 and his time at school before and after transplant. He also explains how he found his passion for sport and how it feels to become a wo...

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Joining Lewis this time is kidney transplant recipient, Youtuber and former semi-professional footballer, Mark Zoel.

Mark tells Lewis about his experience of living with lupus all the way through to receiving the gift of life from his brother Jason as well as his time playing for Wealdstone FC and some of his running and hiking achievements.

He also talks about his sporting plans for the future and his fantastic YouTube chann...

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