For Harvel Douglas, every step represents another beat of his heart. Just a year and a half ago, Harvel was told he would die without a heart transplant.
Harvel says, "Never even, never even crossed my mind because actually when they told me I needed transplant, I wasn't happy. I was like, 'No way.'"
He spent several months in the hospital waiting for a heart. Video of him was taken just two and a half weeks before his transplant.
His wife Gwen says his musical gift got him through the difficult moments.
Gwen says, "After he had the transplant, he tried to hum to see if he could still sing. I don't know what it was, but he tried, and he said, 'I'm back, and I can sing."
Now, he plans to use that gift at the 2004 U.S. Transplant Games in Minnesota. He'll open the games with the National Anthem.
This Olympic-style competition takes place every two years. Around 2,000 athletes who are all recipients of organ transplants compete in 13 events.
The real goal they say is to tell people about organ donation.
"One person, basically, can save like 15 people with all the different stuff you can donate, you know."
Harvel is getting ready because after he sings he'll be going for the gold in both basketball and track and field.
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