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Kidney Donor Athletes promotes the gift of life through living kidney donation among active individuals and athletes by building a community that inspires, supports, and educates people about the experience of kidney donation.

Meet Kili Climber Katie
Meet Kili Climber Katie

Katie did not hesitate to donate because her mother was in need, and she was lucky to be a match. Katie's grandfather passed from kidney failure, further inspiring her donation as she wants to have her mother around for a very long time. She is climbing because she...

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Tracey’s inspiration: kda & kilimanjaro
Tracey’s inspiration: kda & kilimanjaro

I first heard about living kidney donation on the first day of seventh grade. A classmate’s uncle donated his kidney to her cousin, who both recovered nicely. I had never heard such a thing, but somehow I knew it was for me. Tracey with others in her donor chain...

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“strong like a rock” & ready to climb
“strong like a rock” & ready to climb

Hujambo! My name is Sarah and I am a proud member of Team Jabali, one of two teams planning to summit Kilimanjaro on World Kidney Day for KDA’s One Kidney Climb 2022. Jabali means “strong like a rock” and I can’t wait to show the world how strong we can be with one...

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Steve’s story and cause to climb
Steve’s story and cause to climb

My journey to becoming a non-directed kidney donor started with an early morning bike ride in late June 2019.  I was scrolling through Facebook prior to beginning my ride and one post almost jumped out of my phone.  It was from a high school acquaintance,...

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Meet Kili Climber Lucy
Meet Kili Climber Lucy

Lucy was inspired to donate to make a real difference in the world.  She has always felt the desire to donate an organ. She responded to an article in a newspaper that she felt was meant for her.  She is climbing because she feels this is a unique...

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Meet kili Climber kristyn
Meet kili Climber kristyn

In 2018 I started hiking in Acadia National Park. I was overweight and out of shape so with a max elevation of about 1500ft, it was the perfect place to start. By the end of that first summer, I was hooked. I decided to dust off an old goal I had shelved back in high...

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Andrea’s kili climb story
Andrea’s kili climb story

Andrea donated her kidney to her uncle.  After going through the process and witnessing the difference it made to him, she would donate all over again if she could. She is climbing to help raise awareness of living kidney donation and to be an example of how donating...

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kili climber Natalie: acting for advocacy
kili climber Natalie: acting for advocacy

Natalie was inspired to donate when her friend’s daughter was in end-stage renal failure, and she felt compelled to help.  She is climbing not only for the physical challenge post kidney donation but out of a strong sense of responsibility to advocate for living...

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J’ne’s training for Kili Climb
J’ne’s training for Kili Climb

I’m not sure what came over me when I applied to climb Kilimanjaro with KDA. I only knew that if I was accepted, it would be a new adventure with a supportive group of people that would help me get there. My initial feelings when considering kidney donation were...

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Meet Kili Climber Mike
Meet Kili Climber Mike

Mike was inspired to donate because his wife, Annie, needed a kidney. She was in stage 5 renal failure; the next step was dialysis.  He tried to be a direct donor but was not a match.  He learned of “paired match,” give a kidney, get a kidney as part of a...

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meet kili climber chris
meet kili climber chris

Chris was inspired to donate when he watched an interview on the news in 2017.  Donating was not something he had thought much about before that day.  That interview stirred up a strong sense to give.  He had been blessed with good health and it felt...

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Shannon’s Cause for climbing
Shannon’s Cause for climbing

Shannon knew at a young age that she might one day need to donate a kidney to her brother after he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Decades later, after a bone marrow donation was abruptly canceled, she knew it was time to donate a kidney. Her brother didn’t need...

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Samantha’s calling & Kili Climb
Samantha’s calling & Kili Climb

Samantha Carreiro was inspired to donate when she watched a friend pass away while searching for a bone marrow donor when she was younger. That experience changed her outlook on life and she knew in the future that given the chance to save another life while...

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Meet Kili Climber Patty
Meet Kili Climber Patty

Patty and other One Kidney Climbers met in Denver recently to train for the Kilimanjaro climb. Patty talked with the NBC affiliate in Denver about her upcoming journey. Patty was inspired to donate by her sister, who donated to their stepfather 15 years earlier. ...

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Rebekah’s Run for Mt. Kilimanjaro
Rebekah’s Run for Mt. Kilimanjaro

I would not call myself a hiker, but when the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of fellow kidney donors came my way, it was not difficult to say YES to this incredible adventure, and do what I could to become a hiker.  So here I am, fundraising,...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maeve!
Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maeve!

Growing up, I had always had a passion for sports and being active at a young age. I started playing soccer when I was just 3 years old. By 10 years old, I started playing on a travel competitive soccer team. Travel soccer was such an amazing time to bond with...

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