Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Danny!

Hello, my name is Danny Ledesma and I donated my spare kidney through the paired-exchanged program at UC Health in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2018. Shortly after my Grandfather's retirement (I refer to him hereafter as "Pop"), his health began to rapidly decline, and doctors advised he was experiencing renal failure which would require … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Danny!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawni!

I have been a cheerleader, dancer, and performer since I made the varsity cheerleading squad in 1995.  I have always loved being active and using my energy to motivate, inspire, and cheer for others.  I have been a youth cheer coach and dance team choreographer and I participated in a dance team in college.  I’ve … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawni!

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, Rebecca!

For the bulk of my adult life, I worked hard at being inactive, however, it was really more of a will issue rather than anything else. At age 11, I became vegetarian and at age 31 vegan so overall I was a healthy eater – which is a stark contrast to being a healthy person. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Rebecca!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tina!

I knew Anna for years.  I met her when she was on dialysis the first time back around 2008.  I cleaned for her and we instantly became friends.  Anna is about 10 years younger than me.  When she was in her early 20’s she found out she had an autoimmune disorder that was affecting her … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tina!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kent!

Kent’s Donation Journey, the story of an everyday athlete! Written by Ken on October 30, 2018 I was a non-directed donor on September 11, 2018.  And ironically, or not, it went to a 60-70-year-old white male in New York City. His operation took place at one of the original transplant centers at Columbia University Hospital. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kent!