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 Kidney Donor Athlete, Brian!

My name is Brian Glennon and I am an altruistic kidney donor. Donating one of my kidneys to a stranger was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I wish I had more kidneys to donate. But since I do not, I will do all that I can do to spread awareness about … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Brian!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Peggy!

I grew up on a farm in the Texas Panhandle, and I’ve been running since I was in the fourth grade - something about trying to beat my older sister in the presidential fitness mile run. Between running and horse riding, life was great. In the fall of 2004, I ran my first trail race. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Peggy!

Kidney Donor Athlete Martha – a Post-Op Update!

(Martha wrote her first post before surgery which you can find here.) Reflections on being a Living Kidney Donor at three days post-op:   First, thank you to everyone from this group, Kidney Donor Athletes, for all of your support, prayers and well wishes. You have helped me be confident and reassured going into my … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Martha – a Post-Op Update!

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!

Clinton is now a Kidney Donor Athlete!

Wow!  I consider myself a planner and feel like I always do my homework before jumping into things.  I study trail maps for hours before hikes.  I envision all the medical emergencies I may face when building a first aid kit. I scour nutrition data deciding which foods have the best calorie to weight ratio … Continue reading Clinton is now a Kidney Donor Athlete!

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 (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!

My name is Clinton, I am about to turn 35, and I live in the Kansas City area. I am a self-employed Master Electrician, who enjoys my work, but defines myself by what I do when I'm not working.   Most of my life’s most memorable moments have been made outdoors on some sort of … Continue reading Meet (Future) Kidney Donor Athlete, Clinton!