Once the word was out and sponsors were set in place the final step was to get a location set to hold the event in. Grand Valley State University, a local award-winning division university was the place chosen.
This event has been put on not only for these athletes to continue doing what they love, but to focus on awareness of organ donations and the success of transplantations and to get the word out and try to increase the donor registry list around the country.
"The fact of the matter is that it's an awesome technology that has been evolving for years," Ryan said. "Whether you're a living donor or a family member, it is a tremendous way for people to give back. They call it the gift of life, and it truly is."
People of all ages will be participating in sports such as badminton, cycling, tennis, and track and field. In addition to the games, many special events will be held during the four-day event. There will be an open to the public 5K run and Zumba dance class as well as a rock climbing wall and fitness classes. There will be a Spectrum Health transplant workshop and a barbeque. To see more sports and special events log onto the website.
"I don't think we could have done it if all of the stars weren't aligned," said Ryan. "This is all an extraordinary effort by people. I don't know if we would have had the finances to do it if people, including myself, didn't volunteer the time to do it."
The games will continue on a bi-annual calendar period. Currently, the team is looking for people to host the 2014 and 2016 games.