Hello, kidney community! As some of you know, rock star Kidney Donor Athlete Mark Scotch is setting up a second Organ Trail expedition! He is riding his bike from Massachusetts to Wisconsin to increase kidney disease, living donor, and post-donation functionality awareness beginning Sunday, September 19th! Do you happen to live on or near his … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Mark – Organ Trail 2.0 – Updated Route!
In 2009, at 247lbs, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life and although exercise had been a part of my life in the past, it was never something I could quite get to stick. I was overweight and overwhelmed. I’m not even sure I realized it but I was waiting for … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jen!
Howdy! My name is Tarsha McFarlin, I am 28 years old born, raised, and still living in Baltimore, Maryland. On July 27, 2018, I decided to be a LIVING KIDNEY DONOR for my Uncle Greg! I didn't put much thought into it, I Googled the pros of someone receiving a living kidney over a deceased … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tarsha!
I feel fortunate that so many people reach out to me through Kidney Donor Athletes. I hear a lot from donors that appreciate the platform and community I have created, and I hear even more from potential donors. Now that I have been at this for a few months, I have noticed some commonalities. There … Continue reading The Often Lonely Road of Becoming a Donor
Today was another step towards growing Kidney Donor Athletes, and it was also a great reminder. First off, I have a business checking account! I am so happy that donations have been coming in to help me take this advocacy work to the next level! And secondly, the woman who helped me open the account … Continue reading A Step Forward and a Great Reminder
Last week I was having snacks and a bourbon on the rocks with a couple of friends while in Madison for work. I was catching up with them when we got on the topic of my kidney donation and the subsequent birth of Kidney Donor Athletes. And then the question came. 'Why didn't you just … Continue reading “Why Didn’t You Just Donate Your Kidney and be Done With It? Why Keep Talking About It?” – I’ll tell you why.
Kidney community, it was a big week for Kidney Donor Athletes. A VERY big week. Over the past few months, I have been giving a lot of thought as to the direction I want to take this non-profit over the next year and beyond. Other people had lots of ideas - really great ideas, but … Continue reading Big News for 2019! (And a Very Humbling, Incredible Week to Tell you About!)
This photo might appear to just be of Spencer Newell coming into the second transition of the Cabo Half IronMan this past November. But what I am writing about is what was happening behind the camera. It was special. There were only a handful of people around the transition since it was early, and … Continue reading 10 Powerful Minutes in Cabo – Inspiration to Share Your Story
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? That question we asked as kids or heard as parents. Over and over and over. Well, as my non-directed donor day of January 2, 2019, rapidly approaches, I'm intentionally slowing down to reflect on this and stay in the moment for those thoughts and reflections as "the … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Second Installment!