Kidney Donor Athletes

Kidney Donor Athletes is a small, amazing organization whose mission is for each member to donate one kidney so that people who are likely to die from kidney failure will be able to live. My wife read about KDA in her Seattle Pacific University alumni magazine:

In the late ’80s, Brian McLaughlin played soccer at Seattle Pacific University. Upon graduation, SPU hired him to be the men’s assistant soccer coach, a position he held for 10 years. SPU’s coaches inspired him with a fit-for-life mentality. After leaving soccer, he took up hiking, trail running, and mountain climbing. The Seattle native climbs weekly and has summited Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and many of Colorado’s 14ers — mountains with elevations of at least 14,000 feet.

Prior to donating his kidney, McLaughlin discovered the organization Kidney Donor Athletes. The organization was founded by Tracey Hulick in 2018 to help athletic donors find community and encouragement.[1]

Kidney Donor Athlete’s Mission: ”Promoting the gift of life through living kidney donation among active individuals and athletes by building a community that inspires, supports, and educates people about the experience of kidney donation.”

You can meet KDA donor athletes here. Really, it is quite incredible to hear their stories. There’s a fellow named Bob: he was 72 when he donated a kidney. There’s Grace Sims from Colorado, vice-president of a company called Supply Chain. There’s Karl Ludwig; Karl donated a kidney to his college instructor. Here’s a story of a donor who lives in England:

I’ve never been in a hurry to tell people that I’ve donated a kidney. I’ve not told my mother or brothers, colleagues and very few friends. I did it to save a life but didn’t need or want to have people telling me that they thought it was a good thing to do. I’ve never heard from the recipient of my kidney but I’ve been told that she’s doing well. That’s all I want to know.

There are a hundred more stories on the KDA website. It is an exceptionally interesting and inspiring group of men and women. You can read more about KDA here.


[1] https://stories.spu.edu/articles/one-kidney-climb

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