It all began after a run. I often “ran” into my aunt and uncle because they lived above me in our Chicago apartment building, but this time I wasn’t greeted with a very happy, “hello”. Panting and gassed, I tried my best to gather the information they relayed to me. “Did you hear about Liz?” … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!
I never thought much about kidneys or organ donation. In fact, It was completely off my radar until we realized that my husband might have a gene mutation that inevitably leads to kidney disease. Nate, my husband, had two uncles with kidney disease who received transplants from their siblings. It was believed that only men … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!
This is a big moment for KDA! We have an official Board of Directors!! We had more than 50 people express interest and eventually narrowed the pool down to 7 people that make up the inaugural Kidney Donor Athletes Board of Directors. I am sincerely grateful for all the people that applied, voiced their hopes … Continue reading Time to Meet the Kidney Donor Athlete Board of Directors!
Hey all you Kidney Donor Athletes, here’s an opportunity you might have some interest in. Our very own Patty Graham started a One Kidney Club in Colorado, a group of kidney donors who meet roughly once a month for a fun social happy hour gathering. Word spread from Denver, and One Kidney Clubs have … Continue reading One Kidney Clubs! Do You Want to Start One?
As a youth and young adult, I faced some significant health challenges. Throughout, I always thought of myself as an athlete, but I didn’t have exposure to any particular sport, and I didn’t know where I fit in to the athlete community. In college, I learned about triathlon and immediately felt a connection to the … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sarah!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!