Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!

If you are considering donating your kidney, I hope my story encourages you! Before I get into my experience as an athlete donating my kidney, I think it is important to share my “why.”  I donated my left kidney to a stranger when I was a 46-year-old married mom and lawyer. While nearly everyone was supportive of my decision, plenty of people … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Katrina!

I remember the moment with exact clarity when my husband called me to tell me that the creatinine that we had taken for granted to stay the same for so long was on the move and not in a good move way! He had just celebrated his 50th birthday, we were on holidays at our favorite place, and everything … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Katrina!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!

In 2008, I went to the movies with a girlfriend and saw the movie The Bucket List. In the film, Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) was terminally ill with cancer and wrote out a list of things he wanted to do before he “kicked the bucket”. A few days later I made my own list and have … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hayley!

My name is Hayley and I'm a 30-year-old from Wisconsin. I was a D1 swimmer at Nebraska where I held five school records for backstroke and freestyle events and relays. I graduated in 2013. Being tired of the sport I had done for the last 18 years, I opted to spend a few years bouncing … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hayley!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sierra!

My name is Sierra and I had the honor of donating a kidney to a friend named Misha. She is doing really well!    Before the surgery, my activity level was great. I boxed and also ran a lot. I was very active and loved lifting weights also.    I had some fears going into surgery but I did everything I could to make sure I was calm.   My post-surgery recovery  went well. One month after surgery I was … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sierra!

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, Hilary!

I donated my left kidney to a stranger, who’s now a friend, in December 2020 - the day after my 56th birthday. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I was back to completely normal in a remarkably short period of time and I’m looking forward to running my fourth marathon this fall. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hilary!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!

I was a non-directed donor and I initially became interested after watching a movie about organ trafficking. The statistics of people waiting for kidneys broke my heart. After several months of research, I took the next step toward donation and got in contact with the National Kidney Registry. After lots of testing and discussion with … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

Athlete. That word had such a different meaning to me growing up. I looked at the other kids playing sports and my clumsy, lacking-hand-eye coordination, shy self, did not equate to what I believed was an athlete. I didn’t realize that all the things I did in my everyday life contributed to my athleticism and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Avie!

The moment I learned that my cousin needed a kidney transplant, I knew I wanted to be his donor. It was difficult to speak up right away though. My second baby was just 8 months old and showing signs of modest developmental delays. Although her situation wasn’t dire (and has since been resolved, thankfully), I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Avie!