Failed Kidney Transplant Propels Donor Athlete to Dig Deeper Than 100 Miles

By Kim Constantinesco  In a year in which so much life was lost and freedom was stripped, I wanted to do something that would save a life and inject freedom. So, I donated my kidney to a stranger on December 16, 2020.   I thought it would be the “Hollywood ending” that I saw on kidney donor Facebook groups or on the news. The one in which 99% … Continue reading Failed Kidney Transplant Propels Donor Athlete to Dig Deeper Than 100 Miles

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jeanette!

My name is Jeanette and I was lucky enough to donate my kidney altruistically in August of 2020. The process was around 2 years in the making and involved a lot of research, especially considering my younger age at the time of donation (24 years old). The inspiration I took from all of the amazing athletes featured … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jeanette!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!

Life as a donor My name is Charlotte, I am 37 years old. I am a marathoner, an ultramarathoner, ironman and kidney donor. In 2015 we found out that my brother had end-stage kidney disease and was started on renal replacement therapy.  His life changed in an instant, no longer footloose and fancy-free he would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric!

I donated a kidney to my sister Pam on December 14th, 2017. It’s been a long journey for her as she was one of the first liver transplant recipients at University Hospital in Denver in 1990. This was also the year I ran my first ultramarathon, a 35-mile trail race in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Pam … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!

August 29, 2012, I actually did it. A non-directed kidney donation. All I knew at the time of the surgery was my left kidney would be removed at the University of Washington Medical Center, placed in a lunch box, and driven roughly 2 miles up the road to Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am still blown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!