"We have a hereditary polycystic kidney disease," said Newman, 43, the senior citizen coordinator at the Mansfield Activities Center. "My mother had a transplant 12 years ago. Both of my brothers have it. My daughter Andrea has it."
In March 2011, tests showed that Newman's kidneys were starting to shut down. She was placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing list in September.
"Five people came forward [to donate] and were denied because they were not compatible," she said.
But one co-worker was.
Britny Earl, 21, had begun work as a recreation attendant at the activities center in April 2011 and had just met Newman.
"She told me the first week I worked there," Earl said. "I researched it without her knowing. It was something I instantly wanted to do."
By October, Earl was sure. "She came into my office and said she had been thinking about it and wanted to be tested," Newman said. "I told her she needed to think about it. But I said we could at least be tested."
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