Teacher Gives Kidney To Student
Too often the only stories a person hears about a school system are negative. A school system in Queens had no curriculum and the students did nothing but watch movies all day. There were the stories about a teacher sending home notes to parents telling them the students smelled bad and a school district requesting permission slips to use corporal punishment on the students as a form of discipline.
But then there is a story of a teacher that does something above and beyond what teachers normally do.
Jen Sculley, a P.E. teacher in Colorado, became an organ donor for a student at Denver’s East Side High School. The student, who wanted to remain unidentified but does share the same first name of a favorite aunt that Sculley lost to cancer, was suffering from kidney disease. After hearing the girls story, having a connection of a same first name and being identified as a perfect medical match, Sculley was inspired to donate her own left kidney to the high school girl. The kidney transplant took place last week and Sculley will be spending the next couple weeks on medical leave.
As inspirational as Sculley’s story is, she is not the only teacher to go above and beyond the role of teacher.
A kindergarten teacher in Ohio donated a kidney to an eight-year old former student last year and another kindergarten teacher from Texas donated a kidney to the father of one of her students. Also, in 2009, a New York teacher donated a kidney to her 19-year old writing student who was on an eight-year waiting list for a transplant.
You can help save a life, by donating life. To find out more about kidney disease and how you can become an organ donor, go to the National Kidney Foundation’s website, or contact the Avera Transplant Institute or Sanford Health.
Source: Huffington Post