Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric. Leadville 100!

Can kidney donors safely run ultramarathons? I think we can do pretty much whatever we set our minds to do!  Since my donation in December of 2017, I’ve run 12 ultras, which I admit was too much. Shortly after my 1-year anniversary, I was toast. I didn’t have the usual spring in my step and … Continue reading Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric. Leadville 100!

Update From Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!

On Tuesday 16 July 2019, my kidney twin, Jason and I, with both of our mothers arrived at the hospital, ready to change his life. It was an exciting moment for us. We checked into the transplant ICU in rooms next to each other and the process began. The first interesting thing to happen was … Continue reading Update From Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Matt!

This may be long but is worth the read. It will take you on the journey of two people who never quit and ends with a life saving surgery that will change both of their lives forever. I’m a veteran of the US Navy and a 10-year Federal Law Enforcement Officer. My journey started for … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Matt!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Pete!

Old running joke: How do you know if someone ran a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you about it.  We’ve all heard that one no doubt. But on this site, those stories have cool plot twists!   One year ago as I type this, on 7-13-18, I donated my left kidney to a man who … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Pete!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Steve!

I have never considered myself an athlete.  I don't join clubs or teams.  I avoid gyms like the plague.  I don't lift weights or compete against other people.  I have been carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds my entire adult life.  Doesn't sound too athletic, does it?   But, on the other hand, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Steve!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janey!

Hi! My name is Janey. Currently, I’m 48 years old and it’s been 15 years since I donated my kidney to my sister, Julie. My sister was born with degenerative kidney disease, so while I knew that she would eventually need a kidney, I never really thought about it. She wasn’t worried about it, so … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janey!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley!

My name is Ashley Hoyng and I am thirty-one and live in Columbus, Ohio. I work as a project manager and am active in my community. I have a big heart and always looking for ways to give back others. I am involved in the National Kidney Foundation and Donate Life as an ambassador. Many … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ashley!

Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!

"Athlete" was not a word that was used to describe me growing up. Although I participated in sport at school, I was most likely to be found helping the younger girls learn to swim than training with the team swimmers. I did make the first team in my final year, but as it was the … Continue reading Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!

Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn

Well, I am super happy to be able to give a very positive race report since the last time I checked in with KDA in October 2018. Now I am just a little over 18 months past my kidney donation, and everyone is doing great. My dad was finally able to properly celebrate his retirement … Continue reading Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tarsha!

Howdy! My name is Tarsha McFarlin, I am 28 years old born, raised, and still living in Baltimore, Maryland. On July 27, 2018, I decided to be a LIVING KIDNEY DONOR for my Uncle Greg! I didn't put much thought into it, I Googled the pros of someone receiving a living kidney over a deceased … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tarsha!