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LIFE CHANGING STORIES
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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
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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My kidney donation story starts with my grandmother. By the nature of polycystic kidney disease, it must have started with my great-grandfather before that, but he died when she was still a small child, so we don't know how it might have affected him. My grandmother...
My name is Tom O’Driscoll and I am a double organ donor (kidney/liver). On February 18, 2022, I donated a piece of my liver to a dying young man in a surgery performed at USC – Keck Medical Center in Los Angeles. How did I come to do this? To answer this,...
Saving Mom My name is Jesse Soto and I am from Midland Texas, a small town out in West Texas. Home of not much more than a large oil and gas industry. Growing up as a young man I would often see my mother spend many painful days and nights in the hospital for what...
My name is Jody Becker Wilkey, I am a 58-year-old native of Central Illinois, and I’d like to share my organ donation stories. My first story begins in June 1983, when I was a 20-year-old college student majoring in the Teaching of Spanish at the University of...
The kidney donor part A few years ago, I heard a story on NPR about kidney donation. It was the first time I heard about “the list”: The enormous list of people, tens of thousands, in desperate need of a kidney, the dozen or so people who die waiting every day, and...
Kidney disease, specifically interstitial nephritis is something my family is all too familiar with. My grandfather passed away in his 50’s and at the time was told he was too old for dialysis. In 1995, my uncle received a kidney transplant, after being on...
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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