Grand Avenue Middle School teacher competes at 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games

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Resilience radiated from Kenneth Abbott, a Grand Avenue Middle School earth science teacher from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, as he competed in numerous athletic events this August at the 2018 Life Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Just a year and a half after receiving a life-saving heart transplant, Abbott competed in multiple challenging physical events and excelled in the process. The Donate Life Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival event that highlights the critical importance of donations and celebrates organ donors and recipients. During the event, Abbott competed in basketball, cycling, racquetball, swimming, track and field, trivia and long jump where he earned a bronze medal in his age group. In addition, Abbott finished fourth in the virtual triathlon where competitors faced off in cycling, running and swimming events on three separate days. 

Abbott plans to continue as a competitor at the Summer World Transplant Games in Newcastle, England in 2019 and the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games of America at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.