Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Martha!

Being a runner has always been a large part of my identity. It began for me in high school as a cross-country athlete. From then until now, at age 55, being a runner has been my go-to therapy, my social circle, my vacation destinations, and my ever-enduring bond with my runner husband. As a life … Continue reading Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Martha!

Clinton is now a Kidney Donor Athlete!

Wow!  I consider myself a planner and feel like I always do my homework before jumping into things.  I study trail maps for hours before hikes.  I envision all the medical emergencies I may face when building a first aid kit. I scour nutrition data deciding which foods have the best calorie to weight ratio … Continue reading Clinton is now a Kidney Donor Athlete!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!

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!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!

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!

Meet (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!

My name is Clinton, I am about to turn 35, and I live in the Kansas City area. I am a self-employed Master Electrician, who enjoys my work, but defines myself by what I do when I'm not working.   Most of my life’s most memorable moments have been made outdoors on some sort of … Continue reading Meet (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Skip!

At age 44, a friend challenged me to train for a marathon.  I was an occasional runner at best and an out-of-shape husband and father of two little ones.  I accepted and ran/walked the 2005 Twin Cities Marathon in 4:18.  “Never again,“ I said. That sucked.  Completely absorbed by our careers, and growing family, my … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Skip!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

I started running in my late 30’s after moving to a Minneapolis suburb and joining a run club.  What started with a half marathon quickly grew to several marathons a year and even full Ironman races.  Fortunately, my wife also enjoys running and triathlons and she joined in as well. I’d always known that I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

My name is Greg.  My wife and I live in Bend, Oregon for nearly 28 years now.  I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho.  Was never really athletic although I took part in some sports on a very low level.  Never really good at anything sports related. I was always interested, as a skinny young guy, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

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, Janelle!

(If you missed Janelle's first post, read this first!) It took over a year for surgery day to come, but it felt like forever. It took nine months of medical testing, 3 months to schedule the surgery, and then 3 more months to reschedule the surgery. On December 12th, 2018 I finally donated my left … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!