Thank you for helping me raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation!
At 42 years old, after living with Stage IV Lupus Nephritis for 17 years, my cousin Courtney began dialysis for kidney failure. She was soon listed on the transplant list. I was going through some significant changes in my life, and through it all it became obvious to me that I was meant to give her one of my kidneys.
We were a perfect match and on September 24, 2019, I became a living donor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
The decision was simultaneously obvious and very scary. I had been a runner for 10 years---how would losing an organ change my fitness and my life? The support of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) was invaluable. They connected me to many resources and gave me so much helpful advice that really helped me understand what to expect and how to navigate it all. The NKF didn't just help me though, they help the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease, the 26 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, and those who care for and about them.
This is why I am challenging myself to "do hard things" and run 26.2 miles to raise funds for this foundation. I can't donate 26 million kidneys, but I can run one mile per million Americans that need one to save their lives.
I'm excited to celebrate my cousin Courtney's new healthy life by doing what I love most: running. This will be my first marathon as a living donor, and most likely my most rewarding one.
Every dollar counts, and I would be grateful for your support!