If you are considering donating your kidney, I hope my story encourages you! Before I get into my experience as an athlete donating my kidney, I think it is important to share my “why.” I donated my left kidney to a stranger when I was a 46-year-old married mom and lawyer. While nearly everyone was supportive of my decision, plenty of people … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!
Since I was a teenager, I always felt I was destined for some higher purpose. Something bigger than me. Selfless and worthwhile on a big scale. It took forty years but in February of 2019, I finally discovered what that purpose was. Standing in my kitchen, a news clip on the TV caught my attention. As I watched a woman talk about how she donated … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Chris!
I hate that I waited so long to finally write about my kidney donation process but I have been reading more and more about other peoples’ stories and I want to share my experience with others who are considering donation as well. Forgive me if I leave out any details as navigating the journey has … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Roni!
In July of 2019, a message came to a family message board. My husband’s Aunt Roma is in desperate need of a kidney and are looking for people to take the survey to see if they qualify. I logged-in that night. I knew, like deep down knew, if I started the process, I was going to be … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susie!
Hello, I’m Jason Elmore and I donated one of my kidneys to my mother-in-law last year. I was not the first choice to donate to her. My wife went through the process first and was ruled out, then her brother went through the process and was not a match either. Then I tested, and surprisingly I matched and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!
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!
My name is Shayna, and I’m a powerlifter turned 1-kidneyed CrossFitter! My journey to donation started when my 24-year old brother-in-law became sick several winters prior. After a month of testing and hospitalizations, he was put on dialysis and added to the transplant list after learning his kidneys had completely shut down from an unknown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shayna!
Before I had even thought about an organ donation, I was very active in endurance sports. As a career military officer, fitness is part of the job description. In addition to staying fit for work, I participated in Ultramarathons, long-distance cycling and mountain biking, orienteering, adventure racing, and kayaking. My military annual fitness test was … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dave!
I own a CrossFit gym in Beaverton, Oregon and on August 1, 2018, I donated my left kidney to one of my athlete’s 12-year-old son. Neil, the father of my recipient, Bransen (12 years old), aka Boom, has been a member of my CrossFit gym for 6 years. In March of this year, Neil came … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Melissa!
My mom became sick in the spring of 2015. Although it is still difficult to say what exactly caused her kidneys to fail, she had the perfect storm of events occur to cause her to become septic in the ICU and in end-stage renal failure. Once my mom started doing better that summer, my triplet … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mimi!