Hello KDA community! This year we successfully hosted our first Kidney Donor Athlete weekend back in July. We had a great turnout, made new connections, and had a lot of fun! And after much deliberation, we have an announcement for next year... KDA will be attending the 2020 Transplant Games of America in Meadowlands, New … Continue reading Update for 2020 – Save the Date!
For the bulk of my adult life, I worked hard at being inactive, however, it was really more of a will issue rather than anything else. At age 11, I became vegetarian and at age 31 vegan so overall I was a healthy eater – which is a stark contrast to being a healthy person. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Rebecca!
My name is Ashley Hoyng and I am thirty-one and live in Columbus, Ohio. I work as a project manager and am active in my community. I have a big heart and always looking for ways to give back others. I am involved in the National Kidney Foundation and Donate Life as an ambassador. Many … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley!
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!
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!
(This is Bobby's third installment here on Kidney Donor Athletes. If you haven't read the first two, click here!) Game time! Seems like I was on the bench forever. It seemed an eternity before it was going to be my turn to get called into the game. The build-up seemed like it would never end. … Continue reading It Is Official – Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Bobby!
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.
We have always joked that I was my Dad’s favorite because I was the only one to have his brown eyes. As he began to face different medical concerns, the joke changed to me being the one giving him a kidney. Around the end of 2016, my family realized that these jokes were becoming reality … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Heather!