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!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shannon!

My name is Shannon and I am a kidney donor athlete!  My journey to being an athlete and my journey to being a kidney donor started separately but on February 20, 2017, they intersected. That was the day I read on Facebook about a little girl needing a kidney. Within minutes of reading the post, I clicked … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Shannon!

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!

Meet Our UK Kidney Donor Athlete, Josh Neal!

In 2018, it became apparent that a family member was in need of a new kidney. As soon as I heard, I put myself forward to donate my spare one for her. After just over a year of being poked and prodded, the big day came and I became a kidney donor athlete!  Before I … Continue reading Meet Our UK Kidney Donor Athlete, Josh Neal!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!

My road to kidney donation started a long time ago, back in 2000 actually. At that time, I was in college and got a job working as a dialysis technician at an outpatient clinic. I have two aunts who were dialysis nurses, and one encouraged me to apply and work with her. At the time, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!

Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby

Benefits of being a donor: the goodness of humanity.     January 2, 2019…...the day my life changed forever. All I had to do was lose 5.5 ounces.        True, my surgeon had to go in and extract my left kidney, but my experience has been so  impactful and transformative I’d happily relinquish a … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!

“Serendipity: finding pleasing things one had not been looking for." As donors, we so often hear from non-donors that it must feel great to have saved someone’s life through donation. It absolutely does feel incredible, and helping another human live life was why I chose to donate.  I can’t help also telling non-donors of the serendipitous … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!