22 Kidney Donor Athletes

One Kidney Climb

KDA is using this climb to bring awareness to living donation, demonstrate what is possible post-donation, and to launch initiatives which inspire, support and educate people about the experience of living donation.

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The rooftop of Africa! Kilimanjaro! Kidney Donor Athletes stood on top of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world March 10, 2022, World Kidney Day.

During the climb hurdles were overcome, life long bonds established, and a message sent to all the world:

“The purpose of this climb is to show people around the world that it’s possible to thrive on one kidney,” said Tracey Hulick, founder of Kidney Donor Athletes.

“Something that’s important to all of us is to normalize kidney donations,” Patty Graham, said. “We’re not heroes, we’re normal people. We lead normal lives.”

Thanks to everyone who has supported this climb and to our dear friends at Embark Exploration Company for safely and expertly guiding our great adventure!

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The Details

Here’s the What/When/Where/Why of our big adventure!

Find out more about the dire need and the life saving benefits of living kidney donation.

Interesting facts about the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

KDA KILIMANJARO CLIMBING TEAM

Learn more about this group of 22 kidney donor athletes from across the U.S. and Canada.

Natalie Nuce One Kidney Climb

Natalie

Atlanta, GA

Samantha Carreiro One Kidney Climb

Samantha

Boston, MA

Rebekah Thomas One Kidney Climb

Rebekah

Burlington-Plattsburgh

Matthew Harmody One Kidney Climb

Matthew

Charlotte, NC

Shannon Catalano One Kidney Climb

Shannon

Dallas, TX

Andrea Coleman One Kidney Climb

Andrea

Denver, CO

J'ne Day Lucore One Kidney Climb

J’ne

Denver, CO

Patty Graham One Kidney Climb

Patty

Denver, CO

Jay Irwin One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Jay

Denver, CO

Chris Sullivan One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Chris

Denver, CO

Katie Wheeler One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Katie

Denver, CO

Emily Monterosso One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Emily

Detroit-Grand Rapids, MI

Stephanie Meyer One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Stephanie

Kansas City, MO

Kathryn Kamm One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Kathryn

Milwaukee, WI

Mike Peshut One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Mike

Minneapolis, MN

Steve Wilson One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Steve

New York, NY

Tracey Hulick One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Tracey

Portland, OR

Kristyn Nordfors One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Kristyn

Brewer, ME

Sarah Hawkins One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Sarah

San Luis Obispo, CA

Bobby McLaughlin One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Bobby

Seattle, WA

Shawna One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Shawna

Spokane, WA

Lucy Ryan One Kidney Climb - Kidney Donor Athletes

Lucy

Vancouver, BC

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News

 

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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