This September, two teachers from New Jersey will return Giving a Kidney to the classroom, but not after a quiet summer.
In Lincroft, New Jersey, at Saint Leo the Great School for K–8 computer science students three months ago, Michael Daneman offered his colleague the “gift of life.”
On June 1, Daneman made the choice to give one of his kidneys to Lauren Crupi, a colleague who teaches language arts to sixth- and seventh-graders. He claimed that it only took him about a day to make the decision.
Giving a Kidney
Firstly, Jan. 1 had passed. The entire incident and the fact that they were looking for a donor were posted on Facebook, Daneman remembered to “Good Morning America.” “I gave it about a day’s worth of thought. I spent the majority of the day doing research before contacting Lauren’s husband, Paul, who offered me some additional material to check into and pretty much set the process in motion.
Crupi disclosed to “GMA” that she suffers from the rare genetic disorder known as MUC1 kidney disease, a kind of autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease named for the mutant gene, MUC1. The National Organization of Rare Disorders states that MUC1 kidney disease can cause renal damage in adolescence or early adulthood and typically necessitates dialysis or a kidney transplant in the future.
I was taking medication to postpone the progression of the illness as much as possible. Finally, in the final few months prior to the transplant, when I was at my worst, I had extreme exhaustion and shortness of breath. I was really gray in color. I was always cold because I was anemic, Crupi recalled.
Crupi claimed that Daneman was one of the first persons to get in touch and ask about kidney donation after her husband made a Facebook post.