I donated a kidney to my Mom on October 26th, 2011 and October is a very big month for my family as we celebrate our 10-year Kidneyversary!! I donated at the age of 29 and I had already had one child, my son Jude. My mom has the hereditary disease of Polycystic Kidney disease (PKD). She had five sisters and out of … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mandy!
In 2015 my Aunt shared a Facebook story of a man in my area who had taken to making signs for his car looking for a kidney donor. He got a news feature. I thought it was a sweet story & moved on. But his story kept tugging at me and I researched the donation … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenelle!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Surgery went as planned with no complications for myself or the recipient. I was released from the hospital on day 3 and embarked on a recovery that brought some new obstacles, but ultimately Peace. I did not have to worry about running that stop sign Day four post-op, I embarked on a short walk to the mailbox about 250 yards from my house. At … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sully!
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!
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
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!