Teacher finds kidney donor thanks to work of his 4th graders

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Andrew Menard in a 4th grade class

Andrew Menard in a 4th grade class

DENVER — Fourth grade teacher Andrew Menard needs a kidney or he will have to go on dialysis, at least that is what doctors told him back in 2012. That’s when his class put together a video and the Kids 4 Kidneys project, designed to find their teacher a live, donor kidney.

“These kids have been fantastic!” Menard said. “They were so pumped up about finding me help, but back then it just didn’t work out. We got a lot of interest following the FOX31/Channel 2 reports, but we never got a match.”

That was then, this is now. Following a second report this Valentine’s Day, Menard says someone went to the American Transplant Center and it turns out they were a good match. The match means Andrew won’t have to go on machines for PKD, to cleanse his blood.

“I owe so much to all who have helped my family … the kids in three classes, your viewers, and as fate would have it, the donor—who is staying behind the scenes—is someone Andrew knows he said. “We can finally take a deep breath knowing help is on the way come June 19th.”

For the beloved teacher in Hill Top, things will work out so that he will have his transplant now, and be ready for classes come August. The ‘gift of life’ no doubt!