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July 4, 2014

Giving back to Miss Jane

Friend donates kidney to favorite teacher

Jane Seidel, better known to many as Miss Jane, has had many students pass through the doors of her Washington Catholic Preschool classroom over the last 16 years. With all those children come 100s and parents and guardians who send their little ones to Seidel to help prepare them for kindergarten. Of those 100s of parents, Nakia Norton has always stood out.

Norton, whose daughter MonteLee was in Seidel's class, wrote a letter to the spunky blond teacher to thank her for making MonteLee's experience at preschool so valuable. That was in 2009.

Flash forward a couple of years, and Seidel who has always held an active interest in her community and family, mentioned to one of her teaching assistants that she felt tired.

"I had complained several times that I was tired," said Seidel. "So I told the assistant if I was able to get into the doctor that day I would go."

Later that day, Seidel went to Dr. Stephen Cullen where she learned she needed to seek the help of a kidney specialist. More blood work and tests were administered and the outgoing teacher and mother who plays Cinderella each Halloween learned she had a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulsclerosis or FSG. Seidel's kidneys were scarred and could not properly filter her blood.

Doctors told Seidel there was good possibility that down the road she may need a kidney transplant. "They told me to put feelers for anyone that may be a match for me and gave me one card with a phone number for those who may have been interested in donating their kidney.

That card was given to Nakia. "I've always been listed as an organ donor on my driver's license and when I heard Miss Jane was need, I wanted to help her. She was such a blessing to our family."

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