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!
My name is Jeanette and I was lucky enough to donate my kidney altruistically in August of 2020. The process was around 2 years in the making and involved a lot of research, especially considering my younger age at the time of donation (24 years old). The inspiration I took from all of the amazing athletes featured … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jeanette!
We’re a team. In everything we do...TeamFrost! Hello everyone, we have been lurking in the shadows for a while now and figured it was time to introduce ourselves. We are Kristine and Brian Frost, also known as TeamFrost. Out on a ride.Yes, we got married on bikes! Two strangers. Two years. Two surgeries. And four lives … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athletes, Kristine and Brian!
Since I was a teenager, I always felt I was destined for some higher purpose. Something bigger than me. Selfless and worthwhile on a big scale. It took forty years but in February of 2019, I finally discovered what that purpose was. Standing in my kitchen, a news clip on the TV caught my attention. As I watched a woman talk about how she donated … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Chris!
I've always been an average Joe. Not especially great at any one thing but always up for anything, which is exactly why in high school, on a dare, I joined the all boy wrestling team as a freshman. I loved it instantly! This lead me to running, all those weigh-ins and cutting weight, meant many … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susan!
My name is Laura Saros. I live with my husband and three girls about 45 miles outside of Chicago and recently celebrated 7 years post-donation. I’m a homeschooling mama, special education teacher, yogi, and avid reader. The question I get asked most often when people learn that I am a living kidney donor is “Why … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Laura!
I believe there is a reason and timing for all things and, for me, being able to make a non-directed kidney donation is just one of those amazing moments. July 23, 2020 - A day that was planned for me since before I was born, I just wasn’t aware of it until many years later. My story is rather fast-paced in regard to the organ donation process. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jason!
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!
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!