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 was a non-directed donor and I initially became interested after watching a movie about organ trafficking. The statistics of people waiting for kidneys broke my heart. After several months of research, I took the next step toward donation and got in contact with the National Kidney Registry. After lots of testing and discussion with … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Molly!
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!
“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!
For most of my adult life, I've been an ultradistance athlete including 100-mile trail races, 100-mile snowshoe races in Alaska, 9 Eco-Challenge Adventure races (multi-sport, multi-day), and other ultradistance events around the world. In May of 2018, I became an anonymous kidney donor because it was my turn. My wife Pam has had 3 transplants; … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mark!
I was born and raised in New York City and my passions have always been learning and sports, so it was probably inevitable that I became a researcher-professor and have been a life-long runner. My chosen discipline is genomics, basically looking at all one’s genes and how they interact with one’s environment to make us … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Corey!
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!
It’s August 1985. I’ve just graduated from high school and have headed off to college at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Homesick, immature and not at all sure where life is headed, I dive full-on into my freshman year of college soccer. We were a Division 3 program, playing a virtually exclusive Division 1 schedule against the powerhouse teams … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Athlete Donating on January 2, 2019
August 29, 2012, I actually did it. A non-directed kidney donation. All I knew at the time of the surgery was my left kidney would be removed at the University of Washington Medical Center, placed in a lunch box, and driven roughly 2 miles up the road to Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am still blown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!
(I originally posted this on my other site on September 20, 2018) One week from tomorrow I will be toeing the line of a 50-mile trail race. Last time I did a 50 miler I had two kidneys. This time I have one. I love my Solomon Elevates. They’ll be with me for every step of … Continue reading Preparing to Run a 50 Mile Race With One Kidney