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!

Catching up with Mimi!

It has been 3.5 years since I donated my kidney to another person for my mom to receive a good match for her. Although being a kidney donor has become a big part of who I am and something I am very proud of, I can honestly say that as more time passes it feels … Continue reading Catching up with Mimi!

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, Leah!

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 in … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leah!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shayna!

My name is Shayna, and I’m a powerlifter turned 1-kidneyed CrossFitter! My journey to donation started when my 24-year old brother-in-law became sick several winters prior. After a month of testing and hospitalizations, he was put on dialysis and added to the transplant list after learning his kidneys had completely shut down from an unknown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shayna!

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, Corey!

I was born and raised in New York City and my passions have always been learning and sports, so it was probably inevitable that I became a researcher-professor and have been a life-long runner. My chosen discipline is genomics, basically looking at all one’s genes and how they interact with one’s environment to make us … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Corey!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

About 10 months ago, my daughter announced to our family that her husband Bryan was in the beginning stages of kidney failure and was going to need a kidney transplant.  This was not unfamiliar territory for Bryan or his family.  His mom, sister and aunt all had someone else’s kidney in their bodies.  His mom … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

My name is Emily Nowak and on November 2, 2018, I made the best decision of my life and donated my kidney to a stranger. I made a bucket list in which I wanted to help out a complete stranger. I didn't know what that was going to be and certainly didn't think it would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Patty!

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete. I didn’t even start hiking until my mid-20’s and if you’ve been to Colorado, you understand the blasphemy in that statement. On top of that, I lived in Boulder so I was just wasting the clean mountain air and not earning my Bouldertite card. Fortunately, I became … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Patty!