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

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

KDA Is Off to Kilimanjaro – Join Us!

KDA is thrilled to share that we are going to Africa in 2022! That big mountain in Tanzania is calling and KDA is trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro all in the name of kidney advocacy. We plan to summit on World Kidney Day, March 10, 2022! We have several spots available and would love to open … Continue reading KDA Is Off to Kilimanjaro – Join Us!

Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby

Benefits of being a donor: the goodness of humanity.     January 2, 2019…...the day my life changed forever. All I had to do was lose 5.5 ounces.        True, my surgeon had to go in and extract my left kidney, but my experience has been so  impactful and transformative I’d happily relinquish a … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Bobby

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dave!

Before I had even thought about an organ donation, I was very active in endurance sports. As a career military officer, fitness is part of the job description. In addition to staying fit for work, I participated in Ultramarathons, long-distance cycling and mountain biking, orienteering, adventure racing, and kayaking. My military annual fitness test was … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Dave!

Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Steve!

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!

Bobby’s Journey – Athlete Donating on January 2, 2019

It’s August 1985. I’ve just graduated from high school and have headed off to college at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Homesick, immature and not at all sure where life is headed, I dive full-on into my freshman year of college soccer.   We were a Division 3 program, playing a virtually exclusive Division 1 schedule against the powerhouse teams … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Athlete Donating on January 2, 2019