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!
Can kidney donors safely run ultramarathons? I think we can do pretty much whatever we set our minds to do! Since my donation in December of 2017, I’ve run 12 ultras, which I admit was too much. Shortly after my 1-year anniversary, I was toast. I didn’t have the usual spring in my step and … Continue reading Race Report From Kidney Donor Athlete, Eric. Leadville 100!
I have never considered myself an athlete. I don't join clubs or teams. I avoid gyms like the plague. I don't lift weights or compete against other people. I have been carrying an extra 20 or 30 pounds my entire adult life. Doesn't sound too athletic, does it? But, on the other hand, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Steve!
Hi! My name is Janey. Currently, I’m 48 years old and it’s been 15 years since I donated my kidney to my sister, Julie. My sister was born with degenerative kidney disease, so while I knew that she would eventually need a kidney, I never really thought about it. She wasn’t worried about it, so … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Janey!
"Athlete" was not a word that was used to describe me growing up. Although I participated in sport at school, I was most likely to be found helping the younger girls learn to swim than training with the team swimmers. I did make the first team in my final year, but as it was the … Continue reading Meet Future Kidney Donor Athlete, Varla!
Howdy! My name is Tarsha McFarlin, I am 28 years old born, raised, and still living in Baltimore, Maryland. On July 27, 2018, I decided to be a LIVING KIDNEY DONOR for my Uncle Greg! I didn't put much thought into it, I Googled the pros of someone receiving a living kidney over a deceased … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tarsha!
I have great news! The first ever Kidney Donor Athletes web store is open for business! ... Until July 1st at midnight! https://www.lockscreenprinting.com/kda My hope is that by wearing KDA gear, people will ask about it. And the more people that ask about it means more people are learning about kidney donation! Check out the … Continue reading KDA’s Web Store is OPEN!
I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete. I didn’t even start hiking until my mid-20’s and if you’ve been to Colorado, you understand the blasphemy in that statement. On top of that, I lived in Boulder so I was just wasting the clean mountain air and not earning my Bouldertite card. Fortunately, I became … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Patty!
It has been 47 days since I donated my left kidney to my Uncle Bill. My donation journey to this point has been quite the adventure full of ups and downs. I underestimated both the physical recovery and emotional toll of this surgery. I hope sharing this chapter of my story does not turn people … Continue reading 6 Week Post-Op Update From Clinton!
I feel fortunate that so many people reach out to me through Kidney Donor Athletes. I hear a lot from donors that appreciate the platform and community I have created, and I hear even more from potential donors. Now that I have been at this for a few months, I have noticed some commonalities. There … Continue reading The Often Lonely Road of Becoming a Donor