Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Rebecca!

For the bulk of my adult life, I worked hard at being inactive, however, it was really more of a will issue rather than anything else. At age 11, I became vegetarian and at age 31 vegan so overall I was a healthy eater – which is a stark contrast to being a healthy person. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Rebecca!

Kidney Donor Athlete Skip’s Race Report and (almost) Kidneyversary!

KDA 1 year update - To have a platform like Kidney Donor Athletes to share my donation story has been another unexpected benefit of sharing my spare. As an endurance athlete, I learned through success and failure what it takes to continue to keep my body running at age 59 and beyond. But a year … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Skip’s Race Report and (almost) Kidneyversary!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, John!

My son was diagnosed with Alport syndrome in the fall of 1999. This is a genetic condition characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. People with Alport syndrome experience progressive loss of kidney function. He asked if I would be willing to get tested (it was much less rigorous back then!) and we … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, John!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dave!

Before I had even thought about an organ donation, I was very active in endurance sports. As a career military officer, fitness is part of the job description. In addition to staying fit for work, I participated in Ultramarathons, long-distance cycling and mountain biking, orienteering, adventure racing, and kayaking. My military annual fitness test was … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dave!

Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!

It’s taken the drive home today and a little perspective to put into words what went down this past weekend in Golden, British Columbia. I was committed to taking on a challenge in my 40th year and the Golden Ultra “Half Pint” turned out to be the perfect one. I initially thought I’d do a … Continue reading Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!

Mentoring Program Update – We are up to 40 States and 5 Countries!

Hello everyone! If you are a regular website visitor, you may think that the main thing Kidney Donor Athletes does is share stories of other athlete donors. But that is not the only thing we do! Last year we began a mentoring program. The goal of that program was to match someone going through the … Continue reading Mentoring Program Update – We are up to 40 States and 5 Countries!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Corey!

I was born and raised in New York City and my passions have always been learning and sports, so it was probably inevitable that I became a researcher-professor and have been a life-long runner. My chosen discipline is genomics, basically looking at all one’s genes and how they interact with one’s environment to make us … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Corey!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

I am Leslie Premo and I donated my kidney to my older brother Bill on October 1st, 2014 at Boston Medical Center. I grew up in Vermont in a very active and athletic family and community.  Participating in or watching sports and keeping a healthy lifestyle was always a priority.  Thankfully, exercise and keeping fit … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

About 10 months ago, my daughter announced to our family that her husband Bryan was in the beginning stages of kidney failure and was going to need a kidney transplant.  This was not unfamiliar territory for Bryan or his family.  His mom, sister and aunt all had someone else’s kidney in their bodies.  His mom … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Becca!

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!