Ramona Sentinal | Pixie Sulser
Kathy Savage, secretary at Olive Peirce Middle School, and OPMS seventh-grader Zachary Okesson know what it is like to give and receive the greatest gift of all
— the gift of life. As an organ donor, Savage gave a kidney to her niece, and at the age of 2, Zachary received a heart as a donor recipient.
Savage’s story started in the fall of 2010 when her niece by marriage was diagnosed with kidney failure.
“It really came as a surprise,” said Savage. “Andrea, my niece, and my nephew were just starting out their marriage and living in San Francisco. At 30 years old, she was healthy, going camping and mountain biking with no indication of any health problems.”
Read more: http://www.ramonasentinel.com/2011/12/16/life-the-greatest-gift-of-all-organ-donor-recipient-share-their-stories/