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, Ellen!

Being a living kidney donor was never something I had planned for my life but sometimes those are the things that change your life the most. Everything lined up so perfectly that I just felt it was what I was meant to do: being home from school because of a pandemic, being able to have the surgery in … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ellen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susan!

I've always been an average Joe. Not especially great at any one thing but always up for anything, which is exactly why in high school, on a dare, I joined the all boy wrestling team as a freshman. I loved it instantly! This lead me to running, all those weigh-ins and cutting weight, meant many … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susan!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sara!

My name is Sara Cain and I donated my kidney to my brother in 2017. I have always been very active and enrolled in some type of sport or working out on my own. Staying healthy and active is an integral part of my life. Before donation, I had run five half marathons, played collegiate-level … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sara!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Debbie!

Even though I never imagined being an organ donor until passing away,  I am one now.   People can survive with just one healthy kidney, so someone with two healthy kidneys may choose to donate one. This is called a living donor transplant. I am a living donor.   Being an athlete since the age of 4, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Debbie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Natalie!

Being a healthy, active woman in my 50s, I knew after seeing my friend’s story about needing a kidney for her daughter several times that I needed to throw my name into the hat and at least see if I was a match.  It was a long journey but I indeed was a directly compatible blood match … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Natalie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Laura!

My name is Laura Saros. I live with my husband and three girls about 45 miles outside of Chicago and recently celebrated 7 years post-donation. I’m a homeschooling mama, special education teacher, yogi, and avid reader. The question I get asked most often when people learn that I am a living kidney donor is “Why … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Laura!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

I believe there is a reason and timing for all things and, for me, being able to make a non-directed kidney donation is just one of those amazing moments. July 23, 2020 - A day that was planned for me since before I was born, I just wasn’t aware of it until many years later.   My story is rather fast-paced in regard to the organ donation process. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

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!

Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!

Read Part One of Mark's Story here! I returned home from my surgery after one night in the hospital. With my surgery scheduled at 6:30 in the morning, I had a complete day to start my recovery. By 5pm on the day of surgery, the staff had me up and walking with the help of … Continue reading Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!