Steve Wilson may have only one kidney, but that hasn’t slowed him down. After donating one of his kidneys a little over two years ago, he was determined to prove that the procedure didn’t change his lifestyle—so he climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Lt. Col. Jason Elmore is a very fit and dedicated Air Force Reservist. When his mother-in-law was diagnosed with kidney failure and needed a kidney to survive, the family went through the usual practices in organ donations.
In 2013, Shawna Sampson donated a kidney to her cousin Sammi Olinger. Now, nearly a decade later, Sampson is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with fellow kidney donors this week, while Olinger continues to enjoy a second chance at life.
When Milwaukee’s Kathryn Kamm hopefully summits Mount Kilimanjaro on March 10, she’ll be doing it with people from across the country who share one thing in common: They all only have one kidney.
Kidney donor Shannon Catalano plans to scale Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for patients in need, bring attention to the importance of kidney donation, and show that a one-kidney life is far from limiting.