Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

I never knew how much the “Share Your Spare” panel I attended on May 2019 at the university where I work would change my life. I had two acquaintances who had previously done direct kidney donations, which got me curious, but it wasn’t until I listened to the stories of the donors and recipients on the panel that really lit something inside … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Megan!

My name is Megan Anderson and I am a wife, mother, Air Force veteran and teacher living in the Seattle area.  I donated my kidney on July 17, 2019, to a stranger through the paired exchange program.  Up to this point in my life, I would say I was very active.  While on active duty … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Megan!

Catching up with Mimi!

It has been 3.5 years since I donated my kidney to another person for my mom to receive a good match for her. Although being a kidney donor has become a big part of who I am and something I am very proud of, I can honestly say that as more time passes it feels … Continue reading Catching up with Mimi!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

What brings me here are the three most important things I’ve done in my life: I married Amy, a sweet, honest, curious, clever and adorable woman, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for a long time. We adopted Holly, the funniest human being I have ever known when she was 3 months old. She’s … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Nick!

My father's need for a kidney came about 12 years ago while I was still serving in the military. I was in the middle of a weeklong training exercise when my commanding officer notified me that a Red Cross message had been sent and that my father had been hospitalized. Once I gained access to … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Nick!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, John!

My son was diagnosed with Alport syndrome in the fall of 1999. This is a genetic condition characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. People with Alport syndrome experience progressive loss of kidney function. He asked if I would be willing to get tested (it was much less rigorous back then!) and we … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, John!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!

I started avid long-distance running back in 2011.  I was always athletic growing up, but I had largely stopped exercising while I was in medical school.  I finally reconnected with my first love, running, with my first half marathon in April 2011.  I was hooked!  I went on to run 117 half marathons (in all … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathryn!

A little over two years ago I stumbled across a post on social media about a local man who was searching for a kidney. He was my blood type, about a decade younger (30 years old) and had been on dialysis for five years. He was also a former cross-country runner and soccer player. His … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathryn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

I’m a feisty 63 year- old, and I adore my four adult children and three young grandchildren. I also teach high school in Baltimore, Md.  Many years ago, when I was a substitute teacher, I taught a young boy who had some medical issues.  At the time I didn’t realize how serious his problems were. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Cody!

My story starts way back in the “good ole days”, the summer of 1990 (Or I’m assuming it was the “good ole days”. I was about to be born so I have no clue.).  A wonderful young couple was living the good life. They had been married for ten years, they lived on a nice … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Cody!