When the 2014 Transplant Games take place in Houston July 11-15, the nearly 3,000 participants will include nearly 30 members of Team Louisiana, which is composed of transplant recipients, living donors and donor families from across the state.

During a ceremony at Ochsner Medical Center, team members signed a flag that is traveling across the country for signatures from the more than 40 participating teams.

Local athletes include Amy Austin Kinler, heart transplant, Covington; Jack Badinger, kidney/pancreas transplant, Pearl River; Roy Blain, heart transplant, Metairie; Tyrone Cooper, heart transplant, Luling, and the mother of his donor, Marion Duplantis, of Houma; Louis Danflous, liver transplant, Metairie; Michael Davidson, heart transplant, New Orleans; Isiah Douglas, heart transplant, Hammond; Britney Dugas, heart?? transplant, Metairie; Jamie Napolitano, heart transplant, Destrehan; Bruce Pinsonat, kidney transplant, Mandeville; Tina Pitre, kidney transplant, Luling; Blake Babin, heart transplant, Slidell; and Randy Zell, kidney/pancreas transplant, New Orleans.

To learn how to donate or sponsor a Louisiana athlete, visit www.ochsner.org/transplantfund. Designate gift for “other”: Transplant Games Fund 2601137.

Register to become an organ donor at www.donatelifela.org.