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Hansen’s Sunday Notebook: Ex-UA, Olympic swimmer makes golden decision — she’s donating her kidney – Arizona Daily Star

On Jan. 23, D.A. Franklin, mother of five-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin, posted a sobering and urgent message on Facebook. It said, in part:

“Our family is looking for a Hail Mary as we race against time. (My husband) Dick has end-stage kidney failure. If you know anyone who is interested in possibly donating a kidney, please have them contact me.”

On Wednesday, after months of tests and medical examinations, Crissy Perham, Arizona’s 1992 Olympic swimming gold medalist, will donate her kidney to Dick Franklin at a Denver hospital.

“When I saw D.A.’s post, I was really moved,” Perham told me. “My husband Charlie and I are driving from Tucson to Denver on Sunday. The transplant surgery is Wednesday.”

This goes far beyond winning a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, or winning NCAA championships in the 100 butterfly in 1991 and 1992, as Perham (then Crissy Ahmann) did at Arizona.

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“To say someone’s brave or generous or whatever, this is in a different category altogether,” said Arizona’s Hall of Fame swimming coach Frank Busch, who not only coached Perham but became friends with the Franklin family in his role as director of the USA Olympic swimming teams from 2011-2018.

“Crissy had thought about doing this for a long time. Something was tugging at her heart. She wanted to make a difference in life, and if donating one of her kidneys could make that difference, she was going to do it.”

Perham, 52, the mother of Arizona junior swimmer Ryan Perham, lives near San Antonio with her husband, Charlie, a retired Air Force engineer. The Perhams spent most of last week in Tucson, staying at Busch’s home, to help support the UA swimming program’s Parents Week.

If she has any second thoughts, or any fear, it does not show.

“I feel good about it,” she said. “All of the doctors have been very meticulous. I’ve gone through so many tests, jumped through so many hoops. They are careful not only about getting the exact match for the person with kidney disease, but also not to hurt the donor. It has been a really long process. I’m excited.”



Crissy Perham, then Crissy Ahmann, won Olympic gold at the 1992 Summer Olympics.




Not only has it been a long process, Perham was a long shot.

It wasn’t until May, after scores of potential donors had been examined, that Perham was identified as a potential match. She underwent blood tests, urine tests, a colonoscopy, a mammogram, you name it.

“I kept moving up the list,” she said. “Finally, at the end of June, they told me I was the only person who had passed every test. They asked if I was still interested. I said, ‘You bet.’ I’m super, super lucky to be healthy enough to be the donor.

“It’s a little crazy …….

Source: https://tucson.com/sports/subscriber/hansens-sunday-notebook-ex-ua-olympic-swimmer-makes-golden-decision-shes-donating-her-kidney/article_52ad751a-20c0-11ed-adc1-bb2ed5811010.html

On Jan. 23, D.A. Franklin, mother of five-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin, posted a sobering and urgent message on Facebook. It said, in part:

“Our family is looking for a Hail Mary as we race against time. (My husband) Dick has end-stage kidney failure. If you know anyone who is interested in possibly donating a kidney, please have them contact me.”

On Wednesday, after months of tests and medical examinations, Crissy Perham, Arizona’s 1992 Olympic swimming gold medalist, will donate her kidney to Dick Franklin at a Denver hospital.

“When I saw D.A.’s post, I was really moved,” Perham told me. “My husband Charlie and I are driving from…….

On Jan. 23, D.A. Franklin, mother of five-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin, posted a sobering and urgent message on Facebook. It said, in part:

“Our family is looking for a Hail Mary as we race against time. (My husband) Dick has end-stage kidney failure. If you know anyone who is interested in possibly donating a kidney, please have them contact me.”

On Wednesday, after months of tests and medical examinations, Crissy Perham, Arizona’s 1992 Olympic swimming gold medalist, will donate her kidney to Dick Franklin at a Denver hospital.

“When I saw D.A.’s post, I was really moved,” Perham told me. “My husband Charlie and I are driving from…….

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