Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

My name is Emily Nowak and on November 2, 2018, I made the best decision of my life and donated my kidney to a stranger. I made a bucket list in which I wanted to help out a complete stranger. I didn't know what that was going to be and certainly didn't think it would … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Emily!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Patty!

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete. I didn’t even start hiking until my mid-20’s and if you’ve been to Colorado, you understand the blasphemy in that statement. On top of that, I lived in Boulder so I was just wasting the clean mountain air and not earning my Bouldertite card. Fortunately, I became … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Patty!

6 Week Post-Op Update From Clinton!

It has been 47 days since I donated my left kidney to my Uncle Bill.  My donation journey to this point has been quite the adventure full of ups and downs.  I underestimated both the physical recovery and emotional toll of this surgery.  I hope sharing this chapter of my story does not turn people … Continue reading 6 Week Post-Op Update From Clinton!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tina!

I knew Anna for years.  I met her when she was on dialysis the first time back around 2008.  I cleaned for her and we instantly became friends.  Anna is about 10 years younger than me.  When she was in her early 20’s she found out she had an autoimmune disorder that was affecting her … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tina!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Brian!

My name is Brian Glennon and I am an altruistic kidney donor. Donating one of my kidneys to a stranger was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I wish I had more kidneys to donate. But since I do not, I will do all that I can do to spread awareness about … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Brian!

Kidney Donor Weekend is July 20th -21st. Are You Coming??

Hi Kidney Community! Are you a kidney donor that would like to meet other donors? Kidney Donor Athletes is hosting a kidney donor weekend here in Denver on July 20th and 21st! Saturday will be a hike on top of Mount Falcon, and then a casual group dinner that night. The weekend’s events will culminate … Continue reading Kidney Donor Weekend is July 20th -21st. Are You Coming??

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Peggy!

I grew up on a farm in the Texas Panhandle, and I’ve been running since I was in the fourth grade - something about trying to beat my older sister in the presidential fitness mile run. Between running and horse riding, life was great. In the fall of 2004, I ran my first trail race. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Peggy!

Kidney Donor Athlete Martha – a Post-Op Update!

(Martha wrote her first post before surgery which you can find here.) Reflections on being a Living Kidney Donor at three days post-op:   First, thank you to everyone from this group, Kidney Donor Athletes, for all of your support, prayers and well wishes. You have helped me be confident and reassured going into my … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Martha – a Post-Op Update!

Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Martha!

Being a runner has always been a large part of my identity. It began for me in high school as a cross-country athlete. From then until now, at age 55, being a runner has been my go-to therapy, my social circle, my vacation destinations, and my ever-enduring bond with my runner husband. As a life … Continue reading Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Martha!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!

Hi, I’m Shawna from Spokane, WA.  I donated a kidney to my cousin on June 26, 2013. In the spring of 2013, my cousin Sammi posted on Facebook that she was in need of a kidney. I immediately messaged her, asking how I could get tested.  It hadn’t really occurred to me to really think … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shawna!