Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shannon!

My name is Shannon and I am a kidney donor athlete!  My journey to being an athlete and my journey to being a kidney donor started separately but on February 20, 2017, they intersected. That was the day I read on Facebook about a little girl needing a kidney. Within minutes of reading the post, I clicked … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shannon!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

I never knew how much the “Share Your Spare” panel I attended on May 2019 at the university where I work would change my life. I had two acquaintances who had previously done direct kidney donations, which got me curious, but it wasn’t until I listened to the stories of the donors and recipients on the panel that really lit something inside … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ken!

Come Back Ken: My road to donation may have started a little different than most but we will get there.  My journey started back in May 2018 while running the Buffalo marathon.  Up until this point, I was always a weekend warrior and considered myself to be a somewhat decent athlete playing lacrosse and hockey … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ken!

Meet Our FIRST Liver Donor Athlete, Jameson!

My name is Jameson and I gave half of my liver to a brother in Christ, a friend, and coworker in November 2015.   The road to donation was quite the unexpected journey. What sustained me through the challenge was a conviction that God had invited me to the opportunity and was with me as I … Continue reading Meet Our FIRST Liver Donor Athlete, Jameson!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!

My road to kidney donation started a long time ago, back in 2000 actually. At that time, I was in college and got a job working as a dialysis technician at an outpatient clinic. I have two aunts who were dialysis nurses, and one encouraged me to apply and work with her. At the time, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hannah!

My brother was diagnosed with ANCA Vaculitus in 2018 about a month before I was getting married in Boise, ID. I think that date will stick in all of our heads forever. I'll always remember not only feeling helpless after all my brother was 2,000+ miles away in Maryland but also pretty devastated that he couldn't be there for my wedding … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hannah!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sophia!

The story of how someone out there is walking around with a slightly used part of me starts back in 2011. I was driving home from work, listening to This American Life. The title/theme of that show was the “Ten Commandments.” That’s when I first heard Chaya Lipschutz’s story. I had been searching for something … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sophia!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Megan!

My name is Megan Anderson and I am a wife, mother, Air Force veteran and teacher living in the Seattle area.  I donated my kidney on July 17, 2019, to a stranger through the paired exchange program.  Up to this point in my life, I would say I was very active.  While on active duty … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Megan!

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, Nick!

My father's need for a kidney came about 12 years ago while I was still serving in the military. I was in the middle of a weeklong training exercise when my commanding officer notified me that a Red Cross message had been sent and that my father had been hospitalized. Once I gained access to … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Nick!