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!
The moment I learned that my cousin needed a kidney transplant, I knew I wanted to be his donor. It was difficult to speak up right away though. My second baby was just 8 months old and showing signs of modest developmental delays. Although her situation wasn’t dire (and has since been resolved, thankfully), I … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Avie!
In July of 2019, a message came to a family message board. My husband’s Aunt Roma is in desperate need of a kidney and are looking for people to take the survey to see if they qualify. I logged-in that night. I knew, like deep down knew, if I started the process, I was going to be … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Susie!
What’s funny about sharing my story here is that athleticism is why I chose to donate in the first place. Let me take a step back. I was randomly scrolling on Facebook about a year ago and came across a post about a boy who was my son’s age, third grade, and was super active … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Nichole!
My name is Laura Saros. I live with my husband and three girls about 45 miles outside of Chicago and recently celebrated 7 years post-donation. I’m a homeschooling mama, special education teacher, yogi, and avid reader. The question I get asked most often when people learn that I am a living kidney donor is “Why … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Laura!
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!
I donated a kidney on Sept 11, 2018, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. My recipient was an acquaintance that lives in Baltimore with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a hereditary condition. Her only sibling and only daughter also inherited PKD so need donors as well. Her husband had a recurring cancer diagnosis that eliminated him … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, J’ne!
Kent’s Donation Journey, the story of an everyday athlete! Written by Ken on October 30, 2018 I was a non-directed donor on September 11, 2018. And ironically, or not, it went to a 60-70-year-old white male in New York City. His operation took place at one of the original transplant centers at Columbia University Hospital. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Kent!
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!