If you are considering donating your kidney, I hope my story encourages you! Before I get into my experience as an athlete donating my kidney, I think it is important to share my “why.” I donated my left kidney to a stranger when I was a 46-year-old married mom and lawyer. While nearly everyone was supportive of my decision, plenty of people … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!
My name is Hayley and I'm a 30-year-old from Wisconsin. I was a D1 swimmer at Nebraska where I held five school records for backstroke and freestyle events and relays. I graduated in 2013. Being tired of the sport I had done for the last 18 years, I opted to spend a few years bouncing … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hayley!
My name is Sierra and I had the honor of donating a kidney to a friend named Misha. She is doing really well! Before the surgery, my activity level was great. I boxed and also ran a lot. I was very active and loved lifting weights also. I had some fears going into surgery but I did everything I could to make sure I was calm. My post-surgery recovery went well. One month after surgery I was … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sierra!
By Kim Constantinesco In a year in which so much life was lost and freedom was stripped, I wanted to do something that would save a life and inject freedom. So, I donated my kidney to a stranger on December 16, 2020. I thought it would be the “Hollywood ending” that I saw on kidney donor Facebook groups or on the news. The one in which 99% … Continue reading Failed Kidney Transplant Propels Donor Athlete to Dig Deeper Than 100 Miles
I donated my left kidney to a stranger, who’s now a friend, in December 2020 - the day after my 56th birthday. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I was back to completely normal in a remarkably short period of time and I’m looking forward to running my fourth marathon this fall. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hilary!
Athlete. That word had such a different meaning to me growing up. I looked at the other kids playing sports and my clumsy, lacking-hand-eye coordination, shy self, did not equate to what I believed was an athlete. I didn’t realize that all the things I did in my everyday life contributed to my athleticism and … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michelle!
The moment I learned that my cousin needed a kidney transplant, I knew I wanted to be his donor. It was difficult to speak up right away though. My second baby was just 8 months old and showing signs of modest developmental delays. Although her situation wasn’t dire (and has since been resolved, thankfully), I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Avie!
I hate that I waited so long to finally write about my kidney donation process but I have been reading more and more about other peoples’ stories and I want to share my experience with others who are considering donation as well. Forgive me if I leave out any details as navigating the journey has … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Roni!
Being a living kidney donor was never something I had planned for my life but sometimes those are the things that change your life the most. Everything lined up so perfectly that I just felt it was what I was meant to do: being home from school because of a pandemic, being able to have the surgery in … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ellen!
In July of 2019, a message came to a family message board. My husband’s Aunt Roma is in desperate need of a kidney and are looking for people to take the survey to see if they qualify. I logged-in that night. I knew, like deep down knew, if I started the process, I was going to be … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susie!