St. Francis HS principal Michael Lewandowski in need of kidney donor

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An space highschool principal wants a kidney.

Michael Lewandowski, principal at St. Francis Excessive Faculty, made the announcement on his Facebook page on April 19, saying he wants a kidney transplant and is searching for a donor.

Within the submit, Lewandowski stated he was born with polycystic kidneys, a degenerative kidney illness.

“Basically my kidneys have been shutting down my entire life,” Lewandowski stated in his submit.

In a telephone interview April 28, Lewandowski stated the illness runs in his household; each his father and paternal grandmother had it, and each acquired kidney transplants.

He stated his kidneys are 3½ to 4 occasions the scale of regular kidneys and are performing at 11%.

“I used to be born with cysts on my kidneys. As you grow old, the cysts develop, they usually basically overtake the kidneys,” he defined. “(The kidneys) develop in measurement, after which they scale back perform. I hoped as a result of I’ve lived a fairly clear way of life that I’d have somewhat bit extra time earlier than we acquired right here, however right here we’re.” 

Lewandowski stated he discovered he wanted a kidney transplant after tearing the labrum in his shoulder whereas enjoying baseball. Blood work earlier than his surgical procedure revealed that his creatinine stage was elevated, and he was referred to a kidney physician.

Lewandowski stated a traditional stage is 0.9 to 1.Three milligrams. His was 3.5 milligrams. The kidney physician advised him he would wish a kidney transplant.

“It was type of a shock to the system as a result of I really feel superb. If I would not have been advised that I wanted it, I would not have identified that I’d have wanted it,” Lewandowski stated. “As a result of I used to be born with it, my physique has by no means had absolutely functioning kidneys. So it is type of a sluggish grind for any person with the situation that I’ve.” 

Lewandowski additionally stated in his Fb submit that he spoke to highschool employees in 2019 about his want for a transplant. Folks initially stated they wished to be examined to see whether or not they can be a match however then determined towards it, which is why he’s sharing the information now, he defined.

“The outpouring has been actually overwhelming with the variety of folks prepared to be examined,” Lewandowski stated of the response to his Fb submit.

In his submit, Lewandowski stated his insurance coverage will cowl all prices and {that a} wholesome individual will discover no distinction with one kidney. Most individuals who donate kidneys are away from work for one week. He stated he hopes to discover a donor by August or September.

Greg Koch, who used to work with Lewandowski within the St. Francis Faculty District and now works for the Greendale Faculty District, stated it was a sobering second to listen to about Lewandowski’s kidney points.

“It is scary, jarring, humbling, no matter adjective I can placed on there,” he stated.

Koch stated that when he labored with Lewandowski, he observed Lewandowski’s potential to make connections with folks from totally different backgrounds.

“He has that manner about him that he is capable of make deep, significant connections with any kind of pupil or employees member. He actually understands when to lighten the temper or when to get critical and ensure issues are so as. He is simply somebody you undoubtedly belief, and college students belief him,” Koch stated.

St. Francis Excessive Faculty various schooling instructor Jeremy Gemig additionally observed Lewandowski’s potential to attach with others.

“He is a really constructive man. He at all times interacts with the children, with the academics. He is within the hallway on a regular basis. He likes being across the youngsters and the folks. I feel that is his ardour,” Gemig stated.

Lewandowski stated in his Fb submit he is not in search of sympathy and would not like asking for assist. However he additionally additionally expressed gratitude for anybody prepared to get examined.

“I recognize you all,” he stated.

Lewandowski stated anybody focused on being examined for being a kidney donor ought to name Froedtert’s Transplant Heart at 414-805-0310.

Contact Alec Johnson at (262) 875-9469 or alec.johnson@jrn.com. Observe him on Twitter at @AlecJohnson12.

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