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Kidney Donor Athletes promotes the gift of life through living kidney donation among active individuals and athletes by building a community that inspires, supports, and educates people about the experience of kidney donation.

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One Kidney Climb: Kilimanjaro 2022

One Kidney Kili Climb Kidney Donor Athletes Kilimanjaro

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Kili Climb

To promote the gift of life through living donation, 22 kidney donors represented Kidney Donor Athletes (KDA) with a summit of Mt Kilimanjaro on World Kidney Day (March 10, 2022)! 

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dejan

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dejan

My name is Dejan Kralj, 46 years old, an Olympian and multiple medalist from the world and European championships in kayak slalom. My best friend Jernej Čopič (friend since 10 years old) received a kidney from his mother in 2008 and unfortunately the time came when he...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley

My name is Ashley Zirkle and I donated my right kidney in May 2021. I’d considered donating after coming across an article on my news feed about a woman in need of a kidney transplant due to stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease. She still had life goals, such as starting a...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Doug!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Doug!

I donated my left kidney in January 2002 to a high school friend, Cheryl; I was 30 years old at the time.Cheryl and I grew up in Massachusetts but had both found our way to central Iowa, where we reconnected and met one another’s spouses. When Cheryl got sick,...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maggie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maggie!

My name is Maggie and I am a 45-year-old wife, mother of two, instructor, runner, yogi, and a live organ donor. Maggie on a cold, wet run before donating! I met my friend Phil in 1998, the summer before my senior year of college. At the time, I was his best friend’s...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley!

My name is Ashley Ludlow and I donated my left kidney as a non-directed donor starting a paired kidney exchange on December 18, 2013. I had been considering becoming a donor after interning at local dialysis centers as a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian. I saw...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susan!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susan!

During times of deep transformation, something happens to you, and then you realize that your life will never be the same. I believe people enter our lives with the potential to change our hearts and help us become better versions of ourselves. When I become more open...

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KDA MERCHANDISE

Want to celebrate kidney donation by sporting some unique merchandise? You’ve come to the right place! Wearing a KDA shirt, drinking out of a KDA mug, or walking through the airport with a KDA backpack is a sure way to spark a conversation about living kidney donation.

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