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    In the Loop: Transplant Patient Takes Home Gold

HiggonsCurtis805The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are over and Mayo Clinic lung transplant patient Curtis Higgons is back home in Jacksonville polishing his medals. But he didn't get them in Rio. He earned them during a competition that’s also a pretty big deal: The 2016 Transplant Games of America. "They're set up similar to the Olympic Games," says Curtis, who competed in three events: bowling, darts and Texas Hold-Em poker.

Saying he "competed" might be understating things a bit. "I actually took home four medals," Curtis tells us. "I won gold in Texas Hold-Em and three silvers in bowling — one for individuals, another for doubles, and a third for mixed doubles. It was pretty awesome." We couldn't agree more, especially considering everything Curtis has overcome in his life. Read the rest of  Curtis' story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.