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Teachers often forge special relationships with their students. It is their job after all to build enough trust so the child will be able to learn from them. Although the majority of a teacher’s job involves teaching lessons, they also serve as an authority figure who can be trusted with information. Sometimes little children come to their teachers about problems when they cannot go to their parents – especially if this involves abuse from a parent or guardian. But not everything students tell their teachers about their parents is bad. See how one teacher not only helped her student feel heard, she ended up saving the life of a parent as well…
At Washington Charlie Brown Preschool, teacher Nancy Bleuer has made it her life mission to prepare the young people of today for the future of tomorrow. And she is truly amazing at her job as a preschool teacher. She has fun with the youngsters and makes sure they leave having learned something each day.
But one day her student named Camden revealed the shattering truth about his father. The boy’s father was not doing well. His health was failing. And that’s when Nancy knew she needed more information.
Nancy immediately launched a gentle investigation. She wanted to know what was wrong with Camden’s father. As she called the boy’s home, she learned that Darreld Peterson, Camden’s father, just learned that he had renal kidney failure. That meant his vital organ was functioning only at 20 percent capacity. He was sick and his healthy was quickly leaving him.
Peterson was put on dialysis and needed a new organ immediately. If he didn’t get what he needed, he would not be there to watch Camden grow into a young man. Because kidneys are not easy to come by, he was put on a waiting list for a donor. And he was growing very worried that no one would be available to help him survive. Camden was picking up on his father’s terror of the future.
Nancy started helping.
“When she found out, she started doing the paperwork immediately.” Darreld recalled.
That’s when Nancy learned that she was a match. She was “ecstatic” that she could save the life of one of her student’s father.
“It’s just amazing. There are people waiting every day for a kidney, for an organ in general. I wish there were more people like her. She’s giving me a second chance at life.” Darreld said.
Darreld more than appreciated Nancy’s help. Not only did she save his life, but she helped keep Camden’s father alive.
“She’s an amazing lady and from day one she was gungho. Camden gets the idea that Ms. Nancy is helping his dad.” Darreld said.
Nancy is just happy she could help.
“It’s good to know that I’ll be able to go to Camden’s high school graduation one day and talk about this and think, ‘Well, that was crazy.'” she said.
The operation is scheduled in June at the University of Iowa Hospital.
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