Samantha’s calling & Kili Climb

Samantha Carreiro was inspired to donate when she watched a friend pass away while searching for a bone marrow donor when she was younger. That experience changed her outlook on life and she knew in the future that given the chance to save another life while maintaining her own, she would do it. Deeply rooted … Continue reading Samantha’s calling & Kili Climb

Matt’s bucket list: save lives & climb Kilimanjaro

Matthew was inspired to donate by his father who passed away from End-Stage-Renal-Disease.  As the oldest of three children, Matthew felt he was the most likely candidate to donate a kidney to his father but views it as a missed opportunity because his father would not accept a donation from a family member. As an … Continue reading Matt’s bucket list: save lives & climb Kilimanjaro

Meet Kili Climber Patty

Patty and other One Kidney Climbers met in Denver recently to train for the Kilimanjaro climb. Patty talked with the NBC affiliate in Denver about her upcoming journey. Patty was inspired to donate by her sister, who donated to their stepfather 15 years earlier.  She witnessed firsthand the power of living donation. The moment she heard … Continue reading Meet Kili Climber Patty

Rebekah’s Run for Mt. Kilimanjaro

I would not call myself a hiker, but when the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of fellow kidney donors came my way, it was not difficult to say YES to this incredible adventure, and do what I could to become a hiker.  So here I am, fundraising, doing weekend hikes and weekday … Continue reading Rebekah’s Run for Mt. Kilimanjaro

Emily’s Journey to Kilimanjaro

My name is Emily, and I have never been a mountain climber. In fact, I have a very vivid memory of the summer of 2008, when I was interning in Uganda: I went with a group of friends to climb a small mountain (more of a hill, really). At that time, I was not at … Continue reading Emily’s Journey to Kilimanjaro

Message from KDA President Bobby McLaughlin

What do you do in times of COVID when you're seeking to create some connection with others? Six of us at Kidney Donor Athletes decided to organize and participate in a virtual Yahtzee tournament where we would play each other in a tournament format, keeping track of winners for each of the matches, the top … Continue reading Message from KDA President Bobby McLaughlin

Kidney Donor Athlete Mark – Organ Trail 2.0 – Updated Route!

Hello, kidney community! As some of you know, rock star Kidney Donor Athlete Mark Scotch is setting up a second Organ Trail expedition! He is riding his bike from Massachusetts to Wisconsin to increase kidney disease, living donor, and post-donation functionality awareness beginning Sunday, September 19th! Do you happen to live on or near his … Continue reading Kidney Donor Athlete Mark – Organ Trail 2.0 – Updated Route!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jen!

In 2009, at 247lbs, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life and although exercise had been a part of my life in the past, it was never something I could quite get to stick. I was overweight and overwhelmed. I’m not even sure I realized it but  I was waiting for … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Jen!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Tarsha!

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!

The Often Lonely Road of Becoming a Donor

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