Cy­cling across China to share the gift of life

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

to ig­nore the naysay­ers.

Wang said he only tries to cel­e­brate how trans­plant pa­tients re­cover and re­gain their con­fi­dence, as he did.

“I don’t try to force peo­ple to do­nate, I only tell peo­ple how many lives have been saved by oth­ers do­nat­ing their or­gans.”

His hard work has moved oth­ers. Some street ven­dors give him fruits and wa­ter; bike stores of­fer free re­pairs; and doctors give him hand­outs.

Ear­lier this month, he was named an “Am­bas­sador for Or­gan Do­na­tion” by China Or­gan Trans­plant, an NGO com­pris­ing thou­sands of trans­plant pa­tients.

“I am very proud of him,” said Chen Lei, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s founder and a liver trans­plant pa­tient.

China started per­form­ing or­gan trans­plants in the 1960s. Ac­cord­ing to the China Or­gan Trans­plant De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, 10,058 trans­plants were per­formed in 2015, rank­ing China sec­ond in the world af­ter the United States.

Since China launched an or­gan do­na­tion sys­tem in 2010, about 10,000 peo­ple have do­nated 28,000 vi­tal or­gans upon their death.

This year alone, more than 170,000 peo­ple have signed up to a donor reg­istry cre­ated by the foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing Wang.

He said he dreams of form­ing a cy­cling team with other trans­plant pa­tients.

“I can’t work alone. Rais­ing aware­ness re­quires ev­ery­one’s ef­forts,” he said.

“But I will keep on rid­ing and pass­ing on the love.”

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Wang Zheng­wei at­tends the China Trans­plant Games held at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity on June 11.

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