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!
I started avid long-distance running back in 2011. I was always athletic growing up, but I had largely stopped exercising while I was in medical school. I finally reconnected with my first love, running, with my first half marathon in April 2011. I was hooked! I went on to run 117 half marathons (in all … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
(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.