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
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
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
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
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
Have you ever met someone and you know right away they are a genuine, good person? This happened when I met my friend Kevin back in 2016. At the time, Kevin was living a full, active life and had previously received a kidney transplant from his college baseball coach in 2011. I was also living an active lifestyle … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Nicole!
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!
My name is Greg Bunn and on August 5, 2021, I donated my kidney altruistically to a recipient that I have never met and did not know any of their information. At the time of this writing, the recipient has not provided their information and is choosing to remain anonymous. My journey from start to finish … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Greg!
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!