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
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
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
My name is Hayley and I'm a 30-year-old from Wisconsin. I was a D1 swimmer at Nebraska where I held five school records for backstroke and freestyle events and relays. I graduated in 2013. Being tired of the sport I had done for the last 18 years, I opted to spend a few years bouncing … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete, Hayley!
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!
It has now been 16 months since I said goodbye to my spare, and sent it to live with a very nice gentleman in Bainbridge Island, Washington. I can honestly say, after much reflection, that the past year and a half has been the best time of my life, and that the act of donating … Continue reading Benefits of Being a Donor – Steve Tucker