A Canadian marathoner and a Texan cowboy walk into a bar. Nope. There’s nowhere easy to start this story, so let’s just start at the beginning. Some of my favourite early memories are running on a sun-dappled trail in Northern Ontario, dodging roots and rocks, little arms pumping and skinned knees straining to keep pace. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!
Hi, my name is Allie Parker, I am a female Pro Wrestler, and Lingerie MMA fighter based in Las Vegas, NV. My brother was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when he was 9. This changed our family forever, we spent Christmas' and many holidays in the hospital with him. We've seen him very close to … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Allie!
Last week I was having snacks and a bourbon on the rocks with a couple of friends while in Madison for work. I was catching up with them when we got on the topic of my kidney donation and the subsequent birth of Kidney Donor Athletes. And then the question came. 'Why didn't you just … Continue reading “Why Didn’t You Just Donate Your Kidney and be Done With It? Why Keep Talking About It?” – I’ll tell you why.
A little over two years ago I stumbled across a post on social media about a local man who was searching for a kidney. He was my blood type, about a decade younger (30 years old) and had been on dialysis for five years. He was also a former cross-country runner and soccer player. His … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathryn!
Kidney community, it was a big week for Kidney Donor Athletes. A VERY big week. Over the past few months, I have been giving a lot of thought as to the direction I want to take this non-profit over the next year and beyond. Other people had lots of ideas - really great ideas, but … Continue reading Big News for 2019! (And a Very Humbling, Incredible Week to Tell you About!)
This photo might appear to just be of Spencer Newell coming into the second transition of the Cabo Half IronMan this past November. But what I am writing about is what was happening behind the camera. It was special. There were only a handful of people around the transition since it was early, and … Continue reading 10 Powerful Minutes in Cabo – Inspiration to Share Your Story
Hello, lovely kidney community! I receive messages from potential donors on a regular basis, and they often want to talk with a living donor in their community. I've been able to connect everyone that has reached out, but it's getting to the point that I need to up my organizational game! If you would like … Continue reading Do You Want to be a Resource for Potential Donors in Your Area?
Hello Kidney Donors Athletes!! One of the wonderful benefits of founding this organization has been creating a community of truly phenomenal people! I have had the joy of meeting some of you in person, connecting people in their own cities, and corresponding with well over 100 donors and potential donors in just the last 3 … Continue reading Upcoming Kidney Donor Athlete Event Weekend… Save the Date!!
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!
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!