Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Melissa!

I own a CrossFit gym in Beaverton, Oregon and on August 1, 2018, I donated my left kidney to one of my athlete’s 12-year-old son. Neil, the father of my recipient, Bransen (12 years old), aka Boom, has been a member of my CrossFit gym for 6 years.  In March of this year, Neil came … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Melissa!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mimi!

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!

Bobby’s Journey – Second Installment!

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? That question we asked as kids or heard as parents. Over and over and over. Well, as my non-directed donor day of January 2, 2019, rapidly approaches, I'm intentionally slowing down to reflect on this and stay in the moment for those thoughts and reflections as "the … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Second Installment!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Randy!

Donating a kidney at age 52 1/2 was a piece of cake, the chocolate kind with three scoops of ice cream, same flavor. On the receiving end was my sister, Nola. We are knocking on the door of thirty years since the big life-changing event for her. Nola had been on peritoneal dialysis for a … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Randy!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

I’m a feisty 63 year- old, and I adore my four adult children and three young grandchildren. I also teach high school in Baltimore, Md.  Many years ago, when I was a substitute teacher, I taught a young boy who had some medical issues.  At the time I didn’t realize how serious his problems were. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Leslie!

Meet FUTURE Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

I can still remember the smell of the burning rubber on the track when winter turned to spring, the feeling of my lungs gasping for air at the end of interval training day, and even the burning pain I felt in my legs after finishing a 400m race. High school was only a decade ago, … Continue reading Meet FUTURE Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!

I wasn’t an athlete all my life: I couldn’t finish the mile during the fitness test in high school. But in my senior year of high school, I joined the dance team and decided that I liked fitness if I did it my way. I also rowed during my senior year and started my freshman … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Cody!

My story starts way back in the “good ole days”, the summer of 1990 (Or I’m assuming it was the “good ole days”. I was about to be born so I have no clue.).  A wonderful young couple was living the good life. They had been married for ten years, they lived on a nice … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Cody!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kent!

Kent’s Donation Journey, the story of an everyday athlete! Written by Ken on October 30, 2018 I was a non-directed donor on September 11, 2018.  And ironically, or not, it went to a 60-70-year-old white male in New York City. His operation took place at one of the original transplant centers at Columbia University Hospital.    … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kent!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!

Life as a donor My name is Charlotte, I am 37 years old. I am a marathoner, an ultramarathoner, ironman and kidney donor. In 2015 we found out that my brother had end-stage kidney disease and was started on renal replacement therapy.  His life changed in an instant, no longer footloose and fancy-free he would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Charlotte!