By writer to spectrumnews1.com
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — At St. Francis Excessive Faculty simply south of Milwaukee, a stroll down the hallway throughout passing interval takes some time for Principal Michael Lewandowski.
The stroll takes time as a result of he at all times stops to say hiya to his college students, who he at all times refers to as “his youngsters.”
“I say it on a regular basis, ‘These are my youngsters.’ I inform dad and mom on a regular basis, ‘You give me your best reward for eight hours a day, I’m going to deal with your youngsters like they’re my youngsters,’” Lewandowski says as he walks previous the lunchroom.
Regardless of his ever-positive perspective, Lewandowski is dealing with a private battle. He has Polycystic Kidney Illness, a degenerative situation which causes cysts to develop on his kidneys. Whereas the situation has been lifelong, it’s now getting more durable to handle.
Medical doctors have decided it’s time to start the method of discovering a donor.
“The cysts develop, kidneys get greater, and the operate will get decrease,” says Lewandowski. “My kidneys are roughly three to 4 instances the dimensions of a traditional individuals kidneys and are performing at about 11%.”
Lately, he determined to go public together with his battle by posting on Fb about the necessity to discover a donor. Since then, the put up has been shared a number of hundred instances, together with on St. Francis space neighborhood Fb boards, in addition to by Mayor Ken Tutaj. Since then, Lewandowski says about 100 individuals have contacted him saying they’re getting examined, or plan to be examined, to see if they’re a match.
He says a number of lecturers have gotten examined, and numerous former college students have reached out.
“That’s wonderful that youngsters take a look at me that means,” Lewandowski says.
The seek for a correct donor match stays ongoing. If a donor is discovered, he hopes to have the transplant surgical procedure later this summer season. If all goes effectively, Lewandowski says he solely expects to overlook a couple of month and a half of labor whereas recovering.
In case you are serious about being examined to see should you could also be a match for Lewandowski, you may contact the Froedtert Hospital transplant group at (414) 805-0310. You can also visit their website to study extra concerning the kidney donation course of.
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