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!
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!
It’s August 1985. I’ve just graduated from high school and have headed off to college at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Homesick, immature and not at all sure where life is headed, I dive full-on into my freshman year of college soccer. We were a Division 3 program, playing a virtually exclusive Division 1 schedule against the powerhouse teams … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Athlete Donating on January 2, 2019
August 29, 2012, I actually did it. A non-directed kidney donation. All I knew at the time of the surgery was my left kidney would be removed at the University of Washington Medical Center, placed in a lunch box, and driven roughly 2 miles up the road to Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am still blown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!
(I originally posted this on my other site on September 20, 2018) One week from tomorrow I will be toeing the line of a 50-mile trail race. Last time I did a 50 miler I had two kidneys. This time I have one. I love my Solomon Elevates. They’ll be with me for every step of … Continue reading Preparing to Run a 50 Mile Race With One Kidney
(I originally posted this on my other site on April 27, 2018) My oldest, truest friend in the world is running. I was only 5 years old when I first became enamored with the way it made my mind and body feel, and I was 9 when I knew I wanted to compete when I … Continue reading Running Reinvented