Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leah!

Leah's bio   Leah Stewart, from Christchurch, New Zealand, is passionate about social change, disability advocacy, humanity, nature, and adventures. Leah is a keen mountain biker - in both cross country and downhill. Leah also enjoys trail running, hiking, kayaking and plays football for her local club. A Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate, Leah majored … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leah!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Katie!

I honestly knew nothing about living kidney donation when I started this journey other than it was something that people did for their loved ones (I had no idea people donated altruistically either!).   This all changed when, in February of 2018, my mom called to tell me that she was in kidney failure and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Katie!

Kidney Function Lab Results of an Ultra Runner – 33-month time span

Time to talk lab results! As an overall healthy person, I never paid much attention to the specifics of any lab work I ever received. I would often be told my blood pressure and then ask, ‘Is that good?’ Even with donating a kidney in May of 2017, I did not start to pay much … Continue reading Kidney Function Lab Results of an Ultra Runner – 33-month time span

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn B!

I donated my kidney to a stranger in December of 2014 at the age of 46.  I am a bit embarrassed to say that the thought first came from social media. I had an acquaintance repost a photo of someone looking for a type O kidney donor on the back of their vehicle just after … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn B!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Karen!

My name is Karen, and I donated my kidney to a friend in October of 2018. My story is a little different than most of the ones you read here, because I experienced a very rare complication that took a lot of time and suffering to fix. I think it’s a valuable story to read … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Karen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

What brings me here are the three most important things I’ve done in my life: I married Amy, a sweet, honest, curious, clever and adorable woman, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for a long time. We adopted Holly, the funniest human being I have ever known when she was 3 months old. She’s … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathleen!

I donated my left kidney to a complete stranger on October 3rd, 2017. I saw an ad on Facebook and I knew I was meant to be her donor. I answered the ad Memorial Day Weekend of 2017 and was approved by August! I have never thought of myself as an athlete before surgery and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathleen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!

For most of my adult life, I've been an ultradistance athlete including 100-mile trail races, 100-mile snowshoe races in Alaska, 9 Eco-Challenge Adventure races (multi-sport, multi-day), and other ultradistance events around the world. In May of 2018, I became an anonymous kidney donor because it was my turn. My wife Pam has had 3 transplants; … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shayna!

My name is Shayna, and I’m a powerlifter turned 1-kidneyed CrossFitter! My journey to donation started when my 24-year old brother-in-law became sick several winters prior. After a month of testing and hospitalizations, he was put on dialysis and added to the transplant list after learning his kidneys had completely shut down from an unknown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shayna!

KDA is Forming a Board of Directors!

The time has come! KDA has grown to the point that we need a working Board of Directors! If you are interested in serving in a Board position and have the capacity to do up to 5 hours of work each month, please email us at tracey@kidneydonorathlete.org by midnight on January 19th, 2020. On January … Continue reading KDA is Forming a Board of Directors!