Kindergarden teacher donates kidney to student

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Teachers have been and always will be superheroes who help shape the future for their students.  This is especially true for Nicole Miller, an 8 year old at Mansfield Christian School who recently received a kidney donation from her former teacher, Wendy Killian.

Wendy learned about Nicole's condition in a parent-teacher conference.  Wendy was inspired to be a donor because her son previously received a blood platelet transfusion.  It turns out that Wendy was a perfect match for the kidney donation!

The two had the successful procedure completed at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH.

"I thought it was a great thing to do," Wendy's husband said said. "God puts you in certain situations for a reason."

And that's what's good,

Jon

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Alzheimer's Association gets surprise $27 million donation

Very few knew that Helen Banas was wealthy or that she was planning on donating her entire estate to the Alzheimer's Association.  Helen, a resident of Laguna Woods wanted to do something real special for the association…a surprise $27 million gift!  Helen's connection to the association was through her mother who battled the disease until her passing 20 years ago.  Helen was her mother's sole caretaker. 

Helen kept a private and frugal life.  When she passed away a few days ago at the age of 95, she left her entire estate to the Alzheimer's Association.  This came as a complete surprise to most.  She didn't flaunt her money, she lived in a small townhouse, had very few belongings, and took the bus everywhere.

"She always said that this (current) generation was wasteful," longtime friend Lydia Rojas said.

The Alzheimer's Association called the $27 million gift "transformative".  They normally have an annual budget of $3.8 million.  The donation will help them double their outreach and help roughly 72,000 individuals with Alzheimer's.

And that's what's good,
Jon
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A son's gift to his mother - a kidney donation

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Noah Harrison, 19, has always made all of his gifts to his mother by hand.  Every birthday, every Christmas, and every holiday.  This year his gift was the gift of life.

Two years ago, Noah's mother, Erica Johnson was diagnosed with kidney failure.  She has suffered from years of chronic high blood pressure. 

“I am pretty sure this year’s gift will top them all,” Noah stated. “And what makes it even more special is that she didn’t even ask me. It’s something I really wanted to give her. Anything I can do to help my mom. She really needs this transplant. I want to be there for her like she has been for me all these years.”

“It has been a very humbling experience for me,” Erica emotionally stated. “As a mom, we are supposed to take care of our children and look after them. Here they are, helping me. They all made selfless decisions to donate."

“I have worked to protect my children from harm and pain and for one of my own children [Noah is her youngest of three children] to go through this for me … he is just such an awesome young man,” Erica tearfully said. “I always said I never had to raise children who would become doctors or lawyers, but they had to be decent human beings. “I feel I have accomplished that.”


Peace & Love,
Jon
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