In 2008, I went to the movies with a girlfriend and saw the movie The Bucket List. In the film, Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) was terminally ill with cancer and wrote out a list of things he wanted to do before he “kicked the bucket”. A few days later I made my own list and have … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!
My name is Hayley and I'm a 30-year-old from Wisconsin. I was a D1 swimmer at Nebraska where I held five school records for backstroke and freestyle events and relays. I graduated in 2013. Being tired of the sport I had done for the last 18 years, I opted to spend a few years bouncing … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hayley!
Surgery went as planned with no complications for myself or the recipient. I was released from the hospital on day 3 and embarked on a recovery that brought some new obstacles, but ultimately Peace. I did not have to worry about running that stop sign Day four post-op, I embarked on a short walk to the mailbox about 250 yards from my house. At … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Sully!
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!
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!
Being a living kidney donor was never something I had planned for my life but sometimes those are the things that change your life the most. Everything lined up so perfectly that I just felt it was what I was meant to do: being home from school because of a pandemic, being able to have the surgery in … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Ellen!
Even though I never imagined being an organ donor until passing away, I am one now. People can survive with just one healthy kidney, so someone with two healthy kidneys may choose to donate one. This is called a living donor transplant. I am a living donor. Being an athlete since the age of 4, I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Debbie!