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DENVER -- Andrew Menard’s hunt for a new kidney got some help as a result of students and parents setting up their “Kids 4 Kidneys” project.

“All the students and parents have done a wonderful job getting the word out about my illness,” said Menard, the 2011 Denver Public Schools Teacher of the Year. “I hope all of this interest we’ve generated will help not only me, but others who are in the same situation as I am. If a kidney isn’t a match for me, it might be a good fit for someone else.”

Menard is working with the Porter Hospital Transplant Clinic. They monitor his blood each week. They will process people who want to donate and do the surgery when a match is found.

Kami Devore is one of those viewers who offered Menard one of her kidneys. She says her mother has had one for the past 20 years and has had no problems.

“You only need one,” said Devore. “I am ready to help Andrew so that he will be able to continue teaching and helping change lives, I have two he needs one, let’s go, I am ready!”

And for donors, in the past they have faced hardships with time off work and lost income, but now with programs thru the American Transplant Foundation there is money for those donors to help them with the financial burden.

Kids4Kidneys.com is the website the school has set up it has information how to help Andrew and if you would like information from the foundation this is their contact information:

American Transplant Foundation
410 17th Street, Suite 2200 | Denver, Colorado 80202
303.757.0959 phone | 832.655.5481 cell | 303.757.2990 fax
www.AmericanTransplantFoundation.org

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