Tim Sutton

Tim Sutton, Medford Sports Hall of FameTim Sutton began playing baseball in the Medford National Little League system at an early age, but it became apparent as time went by, that he struggled with strength and stamina in his everyday endeavors. At the age of 11, Tim was diagnosed with kidney failure. His father Ed gave his son a kidney, to begin Tim’s second chance at being an athlete and allowing Tim to have a functioning body to live a better life. Tim began his track career in Middle School., eventually earning a letting in varsity track at South Medford High School. During his years at South, he participated in the US and World Transplant Championships, winning gold medals and setting world records.


  • U.S. Transplant Games 1996- member of 30 athletes representing Oregon: gold medal in Shotput
  • World Transplant Games 1997- 1 of 3 Oregonians on the US team; gold medal in Shotput; silver medal in Ball Throw
  • 1996 Iron Ball throw 12-17 age group meet record (36ft)
  • 1996 Athlete of the Week; 1997 Athlete of the Week
  • 1998 Varsity letter in track at SMHS; April Athlete of the Month SMHS

Tragically, Tim died in 2000. At the time of this death, Tim was working in the Eagle Scout program, Post 131 to coordinate with paramedics from Mercy Flights that came from an idea that Tim wanted to pursue.