Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

Hello, I’m Jason Elmore and I donated one of my kidneys to my mother-in-law last year. I was not the first choice to donate to her. My wife went through the process first and was ruled out, then her brother went through the process and was not a match either.  Then I tested, and surprisingly I matched and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sara!

My name is Sara Cain and I donated my kidney to my brother in 2017. I have always been very active and enrolled in some type of sport or working out on my own. Staying healthy and active is an integral part of my life. Before donation, I had run five half marathons, played collegiate-level … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sara!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Debbie!

Even though I never imagined being an organ donor until passing away,  I am one now.   People can survive with just one healthy kidney, so someone with two healthy kidneys may choose to donate one. This is called a living donor transplant. I am a living donor.   Being an athlete since the age of 4, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Debbie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Natalie!

Being a healthy, active woman in my 50s, I knew after seeing my friend’s story about needing a kidney for her daughter several times that I needed to throw my name into the hat and at least see if I was a match.  It was a long journey but I indeed was a directly compatible blood match … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Natalie!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

I believe there is a reason and timing for all things and, for me, being able to make a non-directed kidney donation is just one of those amazing moments. July 23, 2020 - A day that was planned for me since before I was born, I just wasn’t aware of it until many years later.   My story is rather fast-paced in regard to the organ donation process. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tom!

Right Kidney For The Trail On a special day, 8 February 2020, I ran my first serious run since donating my left kidney on 16 October 2019 – just 16.5 weeks later.  At 73 years old, a half marathon trail run (my first trail run) on one kidney is a significant achievement.  I ran the Rotorua Ultra Half, one of the more picturesque trail runs in our country, renown for … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tom!

Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!

Read Part One of Mark's Story here! I returned home from my surgery after one night in the hospital. With my surgery scheduled at 6:30 in the morning, I had a complete day to start my recovery. By 5pm on the day of surgery, the staff had me up and walking with the help of … Continue reading Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

I never knew how much the “Share Your Spare” panel I attended on May 2019 at the university where I work would change my life. I had two acquaintances who had previously done direct kidney donations, which got me curious, but it wasn’t until I listened to the stories of the donors and recipients on the panel that really lit something inside … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Maranda!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ken!

Come Back Ken: My road to donation may have started a little different than most but we will get there.  My journey started back in May 2018 while running the Buffalo marathon.  Up until this point, I was always a weekend warrior and considered myself to be a somewhat decent athlete playing lacrosse and hockey … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ken!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jessica!

My name is Jessica and I am a roller derby player also working on long distance running and I donated a kidney to my partner, Jon, in December 2019 during my university winter break. I hadn’t planned to spend my winter holidays in the hospital, I was originally supposed to donate in July that same … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jessica!