St. Louis athletes heading to the 2016 Transplant Games

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Going for the gold! Twenty-three young transplant recipients from the St. Louis area and 100 support members are heading to Cleveland, Ohio to participate in the 2016 Transplant Games.

The Special Olympics style event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. The event starts Friday and runs through next Wednesday.

More than 1,000 athletes are participating in the games.