Chris Spieth to World Transplant Games

$5,525 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 64 people in 45 months
Anne Mudroch Spieth  PLYMOUTH, WI
That should have been me. You know, that kid that you hear about on the news that fell over on the basketball court and didn't survive. That easily could have been me. Either way, at age 15, my life changed forever.

In April 2010, I presented as a mystery case to the hospital. Everything pointed to a gallbladder attack, and I was going to have it removed. Little did the doctors know, it was failing because my heart was not functioning correctly. I actually had dilated cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and myocarditis. My gallbladder was acting up because my body was protecting my vital organs and the gallbladder isn't one of them.


At first my doctors thought this might be related to Celiac's Disease as I have that as well. They later ruled that out and said they believed it was due to a virus. We will never really know for sure.

Either way, I ended up needing a heart transplant in June 2010. It was a gift that I have cherished ever since.

Two years after receiving this gift, I decided to partake in the Transplant Games of America in 2012 representing . I went there expecting to do well, but I never expected to dominate in my division. I took gold in the 100m, the 200m, and the long jump. With that, I had the second fastest 100 m dash out of all of the divisions. I had the fastest 200m dash and the longest distance for long jump out of all the competitors.

Now, I want to take on the world. I am looking for financial help with going to the 2013 World Transplant Games where I would represent not only Howards Grove, Wisconsin, but also the United States of America.

I cannot thank you enough for assisting me on my journey.

Thanks again!

Chris
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Update 14
Posted by Chris Spieth
40 months ago
We are off to the Games!!! We will update as we can. Thanks again for all of your support!!!
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Update 13
Posted by Chris Spieth
41 months ago
I cannot believe it. In one week, we will be flying over the Atlantic on our way to beautiful South Africa. We cannot thank all of you enough for your role in this once in a lifetime journey. By the way, we did it. We met our goal in fundraising. It really shows that if you truly believe in something, it can be done. Again, words cannot thank you enough!!!
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Update 12
Posted by Chris Spieth
41 months ago
Ok, so the goofy user of my computer(me) did something to make this my site now. Ugh. I am sure Chris could fix it, but at this point I don't think it matters.

We are leaving in 11 days! I cannot believe this is truly going to happen. It wouldn't have without all of your support. We are just shy of $300 of our goal. All I can say is "Wow!" and "Thank you!"

The Games are not televised, but we will get updates out to you. Go Chris! Go Team USA!
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Update 11
Posted by Chris Spieth
41 months ago
Hey everyone! The official countdown has begun. We are down to thirty days and on our last push to finish up our fundraising. My brother Joe has offered to match any donation that comes in. So, if you were waiting, now is the time. Chris has been training and feels great!
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Fred Niffenegger
44 months ago

We were all so shocked, then concerned, then inspired by what happened to you back in 2010. Watching you rehab and then going beyond rehab as an athlete was thrilling. Little did I know I would have Open Heart Surgery in less then a year myself. You helped me succeed in my rehab by the example you set. Thank you and good luck at The Games!

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$5,525 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 64 people in 45 months
Created March 22, 2013
Anne Mudroch Spieth  
JK
$25
Jody Kott
41 months ago

Be safe and have a great time...God Bless...

CG
$20
Corinne Galligan
41 months ago

You're an awesome person and a great role model, Chris. I wish you all the best! - Ms. G

JC
$50
Johnsonville Hustlers 4H Club
41 months ago

As fellow Sheboygan County 4H members, we wish you the best of luck!!

KM
$100
Kathy and Steve Mudroch
41 months ago

Chris, It does not matter if you win or not, it matters if you do your best. As Walt Disney once said, "Its kind of fun to do the impossible." Have fun at the World Transplant Games. You inspire all of us with your accomplishments.

$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
EP
$25
Ellen Platz
41 months ago

We are very excited for you Chris!

LR
$50
lynn robison
41 months ago
UJ
$500
Uncle Joe
41 months ago (Offline Donation)
DM
$100
Dave Mudroch
41 months ago (Offline Donation)
HC
$121
Howards Grove Wristband for Chris
41 months ago (Offline Donation)
Fred Niffenegger
44 months ago

We were all so shocked, then concerned, then inspired by what happened to you back in 2010. Watching you rehab and then going beyond rehab as an athlete was thrilling. Little did I know I would have Open Heart Surgery in less then a year myself. You helped me succeed in my rehab by the example you set. Thank you and good luck at The Games!

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