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, 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 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 Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!

I started avid long-distance running back in 2011.  I was always athletic growing up, but I had largely stopped exercising while I was in medical school.  I finally reconnected with my first love, running, with my first half marathon in April 2011.  I was hooked!  I went on to run 117 half marathons (in all … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Amy!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

I started running in my late 30’s after moving to a Minneapolis suburb and joining a run club.  What started with a half marathon quickly grew to several marathons a year and even full Ironman races.  Fortunately, my wife also enjoys running and triathlons and she joined in as well. I’d always known that I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Michael!

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, 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, Kathryn!

A little over two years ago I stumbled across a post on social media about a local man who was searching for a kidney. He was my blood type, about a decade younger (30 years old) and had been on dialysis for five years. He was also a former cross-country runner and soccer player. His … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kathryn!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!

I wasn’t an athlete all my life: I couldn’t finish the mile during the fitness test in high school. But in my senior year of high school, I joined the dance team and decided that I liked fitness if I did it my way. I also rowed during my senior year and started my freshman … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenn!