I donated a kidney to my Mom on October 26th, 2011 and October is a very big month for my family as we celebrate our 10-year Kidneyversary!! I donated at the age of 29 and I had already had one child, my son Jude. My mom has the hereditary disease of Polycystic Kidney disease (PKD). She had five sisters and out of … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Mandy!
In 2015 my Aunt shared a Facebook story of a man in my area who had taken to making signs for his car looking for a kidney donor. He got a news feature. I thought it was a sweet story & moved on. But his story kept tugging at me and I researched the donation … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jenelle!
If you are considering donating your kidney, I hope my story encourages you! Before I get into my experience as an athlete donating my kidney, I think it is important to share my “why.” I donated my left kidney to a stranger when I was a 46-year-old married mom and lawyer. While nearly everyone was supportive of my decision, plenty of people … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Alice!
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!
I donated my left kidney to a stranger, who’s now a friend, in December 2020 - the day after my 56th birthday. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I was back to completely normal in a remarkably short period of time and I’m looking forward to running my fourth marathon this fall. … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hilary!
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!
My name is Jeanette and I was lucky enough to donate my kidney altruistically in August of 2020. The process was around 2 years in the making and involved a lot of research, especially considering my younger age at the time of donation (24 years old). The inspiration I took from all of the amazing athletes featured … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jeanette!
I hate that I waited so long to finally write about my kidney donation process but I have been reading more and more about other peoples’ stories and I want to share my experience with others who are considering donation as well. Forgive me if I leave out any details as navigating the journey has … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Roni!
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!
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!