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September 27, 2011 > Professor gives back to community

Professor gives back to community

Submitted By Ohlone College

A normal day for Sifu May Chen includes at least six hours of Tai Chi and Qigong training. Chen, the 2010 Tai Chi Master of the Year and a popular fitness instructor at Ohlone College maintains a rigorous physical schedule. Six years ago, however, May began experiencing pain and swelling on her left knee that did not improve even after numerous therapy treatments.

Despite misgivings, May finally added her name to the wait list to receive a donor knee transplant. A donor knee transplant is the process where the cartilage and tissue from a human donor are inserted into the recipient's knee. After weeks of being on the waitlist, May Chen underwent a successful knee transplant surgery in December 2005.

Her knee surgery has not only allowed her to continue her passion for Qigong and Tai Chi, but it opened her eyes to giving back to the community. On Saturday, September 10th, May Chen and her Fremont team participated in the Donate Life Walk at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont. Donate Life is a national organization that coordinates organ and tissue transplants. Chen's team raised $2,950 and was awarded both Top Team and Top Individual Fundraiser.

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