History Channel Host Helps His Teacher Find a Kidney

Amy Waggoner, left, and Ellen Sherman share a moment before the transplant procedure.

A simple book dedication from a former student has saved the life of a Florida high school teacher and shined the social media spotlight on organ donation.

It all started two years ago, when best-selling thriller writer and History Channel host Brad Meltzer, 45, dedicated his book “History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time,” to his 11th-grade history teacher Ellen Sherman.

“For my history teacher Ellen Sherman, who taught me the power of asking the right questions,” the dedication read.

After seeing the dedication, Mrs. Sherman, 71, who had last seen Mr. Meltzer at a 2011 book signing, reconnected with her former student, whom she taught at North Miami Beach Senior High School. After a few exchanges, Mrs. Sherman, now retired from teaching, shared some unfortunate news: She was in poor health and needed a kidney transplant, but had not found a matching donor. Continue reading

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