My name is Emily Nowak and on November 2, 2018, I made the best decision of my life and donated my kidney to a stranger. I made a bucket list in which I wanted to help out a complete stranger. I didn't know what that was going to be and certainly didn't think it would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!
It has been 47 days since I donated my left kidney to my Uncle Bill. My donation journey to this point has been quite the adventure full of ups and downs. I underestimated both the physical recovery and emotional toll of this surgery. I hope sharing this chapter of my story does not turn people … Continue reading 6 Week Post-Op Update From Clinton!
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
My name is Brian Glennon and I am an altruistic kidney donor. Donating one of my kidneys to a stranger was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I wish I had more kidneys to donate. But since I do not, I will do all that I can do to spread awareness about … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Brian!
I grew up on a farm in the Texas Panhandle, and I’ve been running since I was in the fourth grade - something about trying to beat my older sister in the presidential fitness mile run. Between running and horse riding, life was great. In the fall of 2004, I ran my first trail race. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Peggy!
(Martha wrote her first post before surgery which you can find here.) Reflections on being a Living Kidney Donor at three days post-op: First, thank you to everyone from this group, Kidney Donor Athletes, for all of your support, prayers and well wishes. You have helped me be confident and reassured going into my … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Martha – a Post-Op Update!
Being a runner has always been a large part of my identity. It began for me in high school as a cross-country athlete. From then until now, at age 55, being a runner has been my go-to therapy, my social circle, my vacation destinations, and my ever-enduring bond with my runner husband. As a life … Continue reading Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Martha!
Wow! I consider myself a planner and feel like I always do my homework before jumping into things. I study trail maps for hours before hikes. I envision all the medical emergencies I may face when building a first aid kit. I scour nutrition data deciding which foods have the best calorie to weight ratio … Continue reading Clinton is now a Kidney Donor Athlete!
Hi, I’m Shawna from Spokane, WA. I donated a kidney to my cousin on June 26, 2013. In the spring of 2013, my cousin Sammi posted on Facebook that she was in need of a kidney. I immediately messaged her, asking how I could get tested. It hadn’t really occurred to me to really think … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!
At age 44, a friend challenged me to train for a marathon. I was an occasional runner at best and an out-of-shape husband and father of two little ones. I accepted and ran/walked the 2005 Twin Cities Marathon in 4:18. “Never again,“ I said. That sucked. Completely absorbed by our careers, and growing family, my … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Skip!