Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

On December 12, 2018, I donated a kidney to a stranger…now, not a stranger as we met the week prior to surgery. (Here is a link to the news story that covered the initial meeting!) My journey began almost a year ago with the interest in becoming a living donor when I saw a segment … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!

A Canadian marathoner and a Texan cowboy walk into a bar. Nope. There’s nowhere easy to start this story, so let’s just start at the beginning. Some of my favourite early memories are running on a sun-dappled trail in Northern Ontario, dodging roots and rocks, little arms pumping and skinned knees straining to keep pace.  … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!

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!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Heather!

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!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!

August 29, 2012, I actually did it. A non-directed kidney donation. All I knew at the time of the surgery was my left kidney would be removed at the University of Washington Medical Center, placed in a lunch box, and driven roughly 2 miles up the road to Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am still blown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!

Half Marathon, Half the Kidneys. My First Race Post Donation.

(I originally posted this on my other site on November 19, 2017) My mind was a back and forth between self-doubt and compassion all day. It was the day before the Madison Half Marathon. 5 months and 19 days since my kidney donation. Part of me was excited to be back in a race environment … Continue reading Half Marathon, Half the Kidneys. My First Race Post Donation.