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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 Kidney Donor Athlete, Cristina!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Cristina!

 My name is Cristina Fontana, and I am a non-directed/altruistic living kidney donor. Donating my kidney to a stranger has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences in my entire life. I was born and raised in South America- Caracas, Venezuela. I live...

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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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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jodi!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jodi!

I donated my kidney because I survived a house fire in 2012.  I was in the house, and when I evacuated with my son, I watched my house burn to the ground from the driveway.  After I put my life back together, I felt compelled to give something back to the universe for...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jennifer!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jennifer!

I first learned of my father’s kidney disease back in 2012. He was pretty casual about it and just said they would monitor his kidneys. As the years progressed his kidney maintained the same until around 2018 when he started noticing more of a decline and the...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathleen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathleen!

I have often thought kidney donation would be a way I could help in my community. However, I never really thought it through, and when the realization hit that donating involved major surgery, I became aware that I happen to have a deep-seated, unexplainable,...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Whitney!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Whitney!

In June of 2015, at the age of 33 and with two young girls (four and two), I donated my left kidney to my childhood friend, Lauren.   Our parents met when we were babies and our families have been close ever since.  Lauren received her first donated kidney...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Courtney!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Courtney!

I know many people can say that running changed their lives, but it changed mine in ways one would never imagine! If I hadn’t taken up running back in 2013, I would never have met Tracy. And if I hadn’t met Tracy, it is not likely that I would be a living kidney donor...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tiffany!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tiffany!

In the summer of 2012, my cousin Kim posted on Facebook that a friend of hers, Ace, needed a kidney transplant from someone with type O blood and she wasn’t eligible. I knew a little about kidney disease. My Grandpa Bud was on dialysis for the last couple of years of...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

I know probably better than the average person what a need there is for kidney transplants because I have been a dialysis nurse for 12 years. After I had a patient die while waiting over 4 years for a transplant, I started to think a little more about being a donor...

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Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Holly!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Holly!

My name is Holly Armstrong, and this is my donation story for Kidney Donor Athletes. It's funny because I wouldn’t have always considered myself an ‘athlete’. I was a chubby, sedentary middle schooler who occasionally played softball or street hockey with my older...

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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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From Yahtzee to Kilimanjaro: Shawna’s Story

From Yahtzee to Kilimanjaro: Shawna’s Story

How do you make the most of a global pandemic? You gather a group of six amazing Kidney Donor Athletes and have a fun little virtual Yahtzee tournament as a way to connect with other people, build community, and maintain sanity. Then, when the tournament is over, you...

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