My name is Sara Cain and I donated my kidney to my brother in 2017. I have always been very active and enrolled in some type of sport or working out on my own. Staying healthy and active is an integral part of my life. Before donation, I had run five half marathons, played collegiate-level … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sara!
Being a healthy, active woman in my 50s, I knew after seeing my friend’s story about needing a kidney for her daughter several times that I needed to throw my name into the hat and at least see if I was a match. It was a long journey but I indeed was a directly compatible blood match … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Natalie!
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!
In 2018, it became apparent that a family member was in need of a new kidney. As soon as I heard, I put myself forward to donate my spare one for her. After just over a year of being poked and prodded, the big day came and I became a kidney donor athlete! Before I … Continue reading Meet Our UK Kidney Donor Athlete, Josh Neal!
My name is Jameson and I gave half of my liver to a brother in Christ, a friend, and coworker in November 2015. The road to donation was quite the unexpected journey. What sustained me through the challenge was a conviction that God had invited me to the opportunity and was with me as I … Continue reading Meet Our FIRST Liver Donor Athlete, Jameson!
My road to kidney donation started a long time ago, back in 2000 actually. At that time, I was in college and got a job working as a dialysis technician at an outpatient clinic. I have two aunts who were dialysis nurses, and one encouraged me to apply and work with her. At the time, … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ann Marie!
Benefits of being a donor: the goodness of humanity. January 2, 2019…...the day my life changed forever. All I had to do was lose 5.5 ounces. True, my surgeon had to go in and extract my left kidney, but my experience has been so impactful and transformative I’d happily relinquish a … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby
My brother was diagnosed with ANCA Vaculitus in 2018 about a month before I was getting married in Boise, ID. I think that date will stick in all of our heads forever. I'll always remember not only feeling helpless after all my brother was 2,000+ miles away in Maryland but also pretty devastated that he couldn't be there for my wedding … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hannah!
Well, it has been an interesting year but my solo kidney is doing very well (and so is my socially distant kidney). My last KDA update was in my 6 week recovery period post-donation surgery. I was doing well and excited to get back to training after 6 months off the mat thanks to my … Continue reading Another Update from Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!
My son was diagnosed with Alport syndrome in the fall of 1999. This is a genetic condition characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. People with Alport syndrome experience progressive loss of kidney function. He asked if I would be willing to get tested (it was much less rigorous back then!) and we … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, John!