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!

Meet (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!

My name is Clinton, I am about to turn 35, and I live in the Kansas City area. I am a self-employed Master Electrician, who enjoys my work, but defines myself by what I do when I'm not working.   Most of my life’s most memorable moments have been made outdoors on some sort of … Continue reading Meet (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

My name is Greg.  My wife and I live in Bend, Oregon for nearly 28 years now.  I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho.  Was never really athletic although I took part in some sports on a very low level.  Never really good at anything sports related. I was always interested, as a skinny young guy, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

On December 12, 2018, I donated a kidney to a stranger…now, not a stranger as we met the week prior to surgery. (Here is a link to the news story that covered the initial meeting!) My journey began almost a year ago with the interest in becoming a living donor when I saw a segment … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kristen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

(If you missed Janelle's first post, read this first!) It took over a year for surgery day to come, but it felt like forever. It took nine months of medical testing, 3 months to schedule the surgery, and then 3 more months to reschedule the surgery. On December 12th, 2018 I finally donated my left … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Lynn!

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!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Allie!

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!

“Why Didn’t You Just Donate Your Kidney and be Done With It? Why Keep Talking About It?” – I’ll tell you why.

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.