Several years ago I decided to investigate the possibilities of becoming a non-direct altruistic living Kidney donor. As a regular blood donor and someone with a keen interest in Pathology (and running - ish), I decided to move forward last year with the process to donate a kidney.
I have started the screening process, which will involve a good many tests along the way, you can read all what is involved here: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/what-is-living-donation/
One of the many questions you get asked is are you fit and healthy? apart from a few bumps over the last few years I'm not too bad. In 2016 I ran 3 marathons, this year I will be running the London Marathon (April), Dorset Invader Marathon (July) and Salisbury 54321 Ultra Marathon (August).
I've picked the Dorset Invader as my charity run for quite a few reasons. This is my 4th year running White Star events and they really know how to put on great race and support the runners. The Invader is my favourite race and this will be 2nd time I have run this Marathon. There's also a very nice goody bag, including excellent bling and maybe a small tipple or local ale once I've finished.
I hope to raise not only money for Charity but also hope to raise awareness of living Kidney donation.
The Charity run by kidney patients for kidney patients, the charity supports two million people with Chronic Kidney Disease and 60,000 patients who have end stage kidney failure. The charity also supports Dialysis and Transplanted patients and their carers. The NKF offers a National Kidney Patients Helpline 0845 601 02 09 offering medical information leaflets, help and advice - with trained staff answering around 200 calls a week.