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Sports and Life Lessons Collide at World Transplant Games

Brock and Connor recently returned from the 2013 World Transplant Games in South Africa

By Brock Marvin 

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

This is what I told myself every single day that I battled severe dilated cardiomyopathy. And the phrase stayed with me for the months after my eventual heart transplant at Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Transplant Program in 2010. I always had plenty of faith that there were happier, healthier days ahead; I just needed to work a little harder than most teenagers to get there.

But I wasn’t alone in the battle. Months after my transplant, my brother, Connor, was diagnosed with the same heart condition. Like me, he dealt with the disease and his eventual heart transplant with a positive and determined attitude. In a two-year span, we were both diagnosed with a serious heart condition, underwent heart transplant, and came out on top—healthier than ever.

To read more about the Marvin brothers’ back-to-back heart transplants, access their story here.

Now, I’m a starting goalkeeper for the men’s soccer program at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. Connor, now a senior at Matanzas High School, is starting on the varsity golf team. Since our transplants, our opportunities have been unlimited, and we’ve had so many successes in life thanks to the incredible gifts of life we both received at Boston Children’s. And while we’re thankful for every opportunity we have to simply enjoy a second shot at life, a recent trip to Durban, South Africa, stands out as the most surreal.

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From the surgical suite to the winner’s podium: brothers treated at Boston Children’s compete in the World Transplant Games

Though they’re two years apart, brothers Brock and Connor Marvin have a lot in common. They’re both affable, active young men who love watching and playing sports. Brock, the eldest, is a goal keeper for Oglethorpe University’s soccer team, while Connor holds places on his high school’s varsity soccer, basketball and golf teams.

They were also both born with a genetic heart condition so severe it would require them to receive heart transplants within a year and a half of each other.

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