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
My brother was diagnosed with ANCA Vaculitus in 2018 about a month before I was getting married in Boise, ID. I think that date will stick in all of our heads forever. I'll always remember not only feeling helpless after all my brother was 2,000+ miles away in Maryland but also pretty devastated that he couldn't be there for my wedding … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hannah!
“Serendipity: finding pleasing things one had not been looking for." As donors, we so often hear from non-donors that it must feel great to have saved someone’s life through donation. It absolutely does feel incredible, and helping another human live life was why I chose to donate. I can’t help also telling non-donors of the serendipitous … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!
Well, it has been an interesting year but my solo kidney is doing very well (and so is my socially distant kidney). My last KDA update was in my 6 week recovery period post-donation surgery. I was doing well and excited to get back to training after 6 months off the mat thanks to my … Continue reading Another Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!
Hi, my name is Alyssa Reitano, I am a general manager of operations and lead nutrition coach for a Health and Wellness clinic located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am a very active person and I have a love for working out. The gym is my sanctuary, the place where I free my mind from reality … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alyssa!
The story of how someone out there is walking around with a slightly used part of me starts back in 2011. I was driving home from work, listening to This American Life. The title/theme of that show was the “Ten Commandments.” That’s when I first heard Chaya Lipschutz’s story. I had been searching for something … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sophia!
My name is Megan Anderson and I am a wife, mother, Air Force veteran and teacher living in the Seattle area. I donated my kidney on July 17, 2019, to a stranger through the paired exchange program. Up to this point in my life, I would say I was very active. While on active duty … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Megan!
It has been 3.5 years since I donated my kidney to another person for my mom to receive a good match for her. Although being a kidney donor has become a big part of who I am and something I am very proud of, I can honestly say that as more time passes it feels … Continue reading Catching up with Mimi!
Hello, my name is Danny Ledesma and I donated my spare kidney through the paired-exchanged program at UC Health in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2018. Shortly after my Grandfather's retirement (I refer to him hereafter as "Pop"), his health began to rapidly decline, and doctors advised he was experiencing renal failure which would require … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Danny!
It has now been 16 months since I said goodbye to my spare, and sent it to live with a very nice gentleman in Bainbridge Island, Washington. I can honestly say, after much reflection, that the past year and a half has been the best time of my life, and that the act of donating … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Steve Tucker