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July 2018

Two friends united by kidney donation prepare to ride in Transplant Games

Kidney recipient Jim Eastman (left) and donor Scott La Point share a laugh after a ride together. Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon for UCHealth.

Scott La Point and Jim Eastman met in a support group for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI). La Point had been hit by a truck while cycling and thrown 72 feet. Eastman had been injured in a car crash in which his SUV flipped end-over-end.

The men didn't know each other well, but they shared a bond through the similar adversities they had faced and overcome. When Scott learned that Jim was on the wait list for a kidney donation, he immediately offered to be a living donor.

Months of testing were required to determine whether Scott was a match, but he was ultimately approved. In June 2017, at University of Colorado Hospital, Dr. Kendra Conzen removed Scott's kidney, and Dr. James Pomposelli transplanted it to Jim.

The operation was transformative for both men. The two have cycled together regularly since recovering from their respective surgeries, and this summer, they are traveling together to Utah for the Transplant Games of America, an athletic competition for organ donors and recipients, where they will both compete in cycling as well as other events.

You can read the full story in UCHealth Today.