Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

I started running in my late 30’s after moving to a Minneapolis suburb and joining a run club.  What started with a half marathon quickly grew to several marathons a year and even full Ironman races.  Fortunately, my wife also enjoys running and triathlons and she joined in as well. I’d always known that I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

My name is Greg.  My wife and I live in Bend, Oregon for nearly 28 years now.  I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho.  Was never really athletic although I took part in some sports on a very low level.  Never really good at anything sports related. I was always interested, as a skinny young guy, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

On December 12, 2018, I donated a kidney to a stranger…now, not a stranger as we met the week prior to surgery. (Here is a link to the news story that covered the initial meeting!) My journey began almost a year ago with the interest in becoming a living donor when I saw a segment … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

(If you missed Janelle's first post, read this first!) It took over a year for surgery day to come, but it felt like forever. It took nine months of medical testing, 3 months to schedule the surgery, and then 3 more months to reschedule the surgery. On December 12th, 2018 I finally donated my left … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!

A Canadian marathoner and a Texan cowboy walk into a bar. Nope. There’s nowhere easy to start this story, so let’s just start at the beginning. Some of my favourite early memories are running on a sun-dappled trail in Northern Ontario, dodging roots and rocks, little arms pumping and skinned knees straining to keep pace.  … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tamara!

My oldest sister went into kidney failure due to medications she was taking to control her blood pressure. After being on dialysis for years they decided that she would need a transplant. She was scared to ask me to even check to see if I could be a donor but of course, I didn’t even … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tamara!

A Step Forward and a Great Reminder

Today was another step towards growing Kidney Donor Athletes, and it was also a great reminder. First off, I have a business checking account! I am so happy that donations have been coming in to help me take this advocacy work to the next level! And secondly, the woman who helped me open the account … Continue reading A Step Forward and a Great Reminder

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Allie!

Hi, my name is Allie Parker, I am a female Pro Wrestler, and Lingerie MMA fighter based in Las Vegas, NV.   My brother was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when he was 9. This changed our family forever, we spent Christmas' and many holidays in the hospital with him. We've seen him very close to … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Allie!

It Is Official – Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Bobby!

(This is Bobby's third installment here on Kidney Donor Athletes. If you haven't read the first two, click here!) Game time! Seems like I was on the bench forever. It seemed an eternity before it was going to be my turn to get called into the game. The build-up seemed like it would never end. … Continue reading It Is Official – Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Bobby!

“Why Didn’t You Just Donate Your Kidney and be Done With It? Why Keep Talking About It?” – I’ll tell you why.

Last week I was having snacks and a bourbon on the rocks with a couple of friends while in Madison for work. I was catching up with them when we got on the topic of my kidney donation and the subsequent birth of Kidney Donor Athletes.  And then the question came. 'Why didn't you just … Continue reading “Why Didn’t You Just Donate Your Kidney and be Done With It? Why Keep Talking About It?” – I’ll tell you why.