My road to kidney donation started a long time ago, back in 2000 actually. At that time, I was in college and got a job working as a dialysis technician at an outpatient clinic. I have two aunts who were dialysis nurses, and one encouraged me to apply and work with her. At the time, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!
Benefits of being a donor: the goodness of humanity. January 2, 2019…...the day my life changed forever. All I had to do was lose 5.5 ounces. True, my surgeon had to go in and extract my left kidney, but my experience has been so impactful and transformative I’d happily relinquish a … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby
I am five years kidney strong! I grew up in central Michigan on what we now call a “hobby farm”, riding horses, baling hay, cross country skiing, showing 4H steers and lots of walking/exploring on our acreage. The only real working out I did was years of ballet and tap dancing. Even now, living … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Becca!
Can kidney donors safely run ultramarathons? I think we can do pretty much whatever we set our minds to do! Since my donation in December of 2017, I’ve run 12 ultras, which I admit was too much. Shortly after my 1-year anniversary, I was toast. I didn’t have the usual spring in my step and … Continue reading Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric. Leadville 100!
I have never considered myself an athlete. I don't join clubs or teams. I avoid gyms like the plague. I don't lift weights or compete against other people. I have been carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds my entire adult life. Doesn't sound too athletic, does it? But, on the other hand, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Steve!
Hi! My name is Janey. Currently, I’m 48 years old and it’s been 15 years since I donated my kidney to my sister, Julie. My sister was born with degenerative kidney disease, so while I knew that she would eventually need a kidney, I never really thought about it. She wasn’t worried about it, so … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janey!
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
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 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!
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!