In 2009, at 247lbs, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life and although exercise had been a part of my life in the past, it was never something I could quite get to stick. I was overweight and overwhelmed. I’m not even sure I realized it but I was waiting for … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jen!
So, I guess it’s my turn to share my experience although, to be honest, I never thought it was my story to tell. This is why it may have come as a complete surprise to everyone that found out through other people posting on social media that I was donating a kidney to Genevieve, my … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jeff!
The day I got the call saying I was a bone marrow match was one of the happiest days of my life. I thought it was my chance to really make my mark. I started the screening process and before long received a message saying that the procedure was canceled. I was devastated! My life-saving … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shannon!
Hello KDA community! This year we successfully hosted our first Kidney Donor Athlete weekend back in July. We had a great turnout, made new connections, and had a lot of fun! And after much deliberation, we have an announcement for next year... KDA will be attending the 2020 Transplant Games of America in Meadowlands, New … Continue reading Update for 2020 – Save the Date!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!