We often don’t give teachers the credit they deserve. They are responsible for our children and in many cases, they are the influence that shapes them for their future lives. Of course, the parents receive top billing in this way but teachers comes in as a close second. At times, they may even be the only reliable person in the child’s life.
Teachers try to set an example for their students to live their lives when they grow older. Some educators even take things to the next level, and that was the case with Nancy Bleur. She is a 54-year-old kindergarten teacher from Iowa and is known for her sweet, caring attitude. She loves caring for her job and her students and she will often go out of her way for them.
On one particular day, a four-year-old student, Camden, was not behaving like himself in class. Nancy pulled him aside and asked him if anything was wrong.
Camden opened up about his father and the news he was telling her was breaking her heart.
Camden let Nancy know that his 34-year-old father, Darreld Petersen was a very sick man. Nancy could tell that she had to do something because of the urgency in the little boy’s voice. She called his father to learn how bad the situation was and as it turns out, it was very bad.
Darreld let Nancy know he had a serious problem with his kidneys and they were only functioning at 20%. He was on dialysis but it was taking a toll on his health. Based on what Camden let Nancy know, his dad was so sick that it was frightening him.
Nancy couldn’t stand the thought of Camden suffering when he looked at his father. She made her mind up immediately and decided to help the family in any way she could.
Most people would simply take the family on an outing or help them with some chores around the home but she wanted to take things further. That is when Nancy offered something that nobody else offered, she offered to donate one of her kidneys to his father.
As a teacher, her entire obligation is to educate Camden but she went further with this selfless gesture. She didn’t want her student to have to worry about his father.
Amazingly, her kidney was a perfect match so she filled out the paperwork quickly.
“I was really excited about it. I was ecstatic. I don’t know what I would’ve done for closure if I wasn’t [a match],” she said.
Darreld was stunned and grateful for what she offered. She was going to be saving his life.
“It’s just amazing. There are people waiting every day for a kidney, for an organ in general. I wish there were more people like her. She’s giving me a second chance at life,” Darreld told ABC News.
Thanks to this kind teacher, Camden does not have to worry about growing up without a father. He can look forward to living a long and happy life with the man that means the most to him. On top of it, he owes it to a special teacher that paid extra attention to her students that day.