Feb 26, 2024 - News

San Antonio doctor to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause

A woman reaches the top of a climb.

Kelley Hitchman training for her climb. Photo: Courtesy of University Health

The top of awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro hopefully will soon be graced by a San Antonio doctor on a mission to raise kidney donor awareness.

State of play: Organ donor and transplant doctor Kelley Hitchman is planning to reach the summit of the dormant volcano by World Kidney Day on March 15.

  • As lab director at the University Health Transplant Institute, Hitchman matches compatible donors with recipients.
  • She donated one of her own kidneys to a stranger in July 2021.

Zoom in: The donation experience inspired her to encourage others to become donors. She is now a member of the national Kidney Donor Athletes team, which is taking on the challenging climb to raise awareness and donations and to demonstrate the post-donation possibilities for donors.

  • Groups and individuals can donate here.

What's next: Hitchman will carry a University Health Transplant Institute flag during the climb.

  • Good luck, doctor!
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