The Often Lonely Road of Becoming a Donor

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

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, Kathryn!

A little over two years ago I stumbled across a post on social media about a local man who was searching for a kidney. He was my blood type, about a decade younger (30 years old) and had been on dialysis for five years. He was also a former cross-country runner and soccer player. His … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathryn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mimi!

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!

Bobby’s Journey – Second Installment!

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? That question we asked as kids or heard as parents. Over and over and over. Well, as my non-directed donor day of January 2, 2019, rapidly approaches, I'm intentionally slowing down to reflect on this and stay in the moment for those thoughts and reflections as "the … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Second Installment!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Randy!

Donating a kidney at age 52 1/2 was a piece of cake, the chocolate kind with three scoops of ice cream, same flavor. On the receiving end was my sister, Nola. We are knocking on the door of thirty years since the big life-changing event for her. Nola had been on peritoneal dialysis for a … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Randy!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, J’ne!

I donated a kidney on Sept 11, 2018, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. My recipient was an acquaintance that lives in Baltimore with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a hereditary condition. Her only sibling and only daughter also inherited PKD so need donors as well. Her husband had a recurring cancer diagnosis that eliminated him … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, J’ne!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!

I wasn’t an athlete all my life: I couldn’t finish the mile during the fitness test in high school. But in my senior year of high school, I joined the dance team and decided that I liked fitness if I did it my way. I also rowed during my senior year and started my freshman … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!

Life as a donor My name is Charlotte, I am 37 years old. I am a marathoner, an ultramarathoner, ironman and kidney donor. In 2015 we found out that my brother had end-stage kidney disease and was started on renal replacement therapy.  His life changed in an instant, no longer footloose and fancy-free he would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric!

I donated a kidney to my sister Pam on December 14th, 2017. It’s been a long journey for her as she was one of the first liver transplant recipients at University Hospital in Denver in 1990. This was also the year I ran my first ultramarathon, a 35-mile trail race in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Pam … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric!