Tribune Opinion: Layne Pachl’s selfless gift offers an awesome example for all of us

Layne Pachl smiles as her mother, Tamara, reaches to hold hands with her before the transplant May 31 at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.
In 2016, when Sandi Elder started her Facebook page called "Sandi Needs A Hero," it was an act of desperation.

The former Greeley City Council member had tried to keep her illness private. Without going public, she'd tried to find a kidney donor who would be a match and save her life.

But the transplant list is crowded and the odds are long.

She turned to the community. There, she found exactly what she needed.

In a remarkable act of bravery, humanity and heroism, Layne Pachl, a 20-year-old college student who only knew Elder in passing, stepped forward to give one of her kidneys.

It's unusual for someone so young to donate an organ, and even more so for someone who isn't a family member. Still, Pachl told her parents she wanted to do what she could to help. After all, she reasoned, that's why God gave us two kidneys — so we can help someone who really needs it. Continue reading 

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