UT Transplant reunion brings donors, patients together

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 100 University of Tennessee transplant patients and donors got together Sunday to celebrate renewed life.

In 24 years of transplantation, UT has had more 850 patients receive new organs.

Volunteer TV News caught up with Knox County Commissioner Tank Strickland who received a kidney recently, after months of dialysis.

"This is like a support group," Strickland told WVLT. "This is like people who've gone through the same thing that I've gone through. You know, we can talk to each other about what we've gone through and how to get through it a little better."

UT Medical Center is the Knoxville region's only transplant center.

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