Dr. Tanner Gets A Kidney and New Lease On Life

About a year ago I let members of our school community know that former Penn Brook  Principal Dr. Donna Tanner was suffering from kidney disease and was seeking a living donor match to save her life and avoid dialysis as a last resort. Well I am so happy to share the news that Dr. Tanner found a match and received her new kidney on February 1, 2019! She recently posted the following announcement on her Facebook page and I thought you may enjoy reading the heartwarming story of how she found her donor. You just never know and we can not be more thrilled for Donna that she has a successful end to her search. Now she can concentrate on getting back to doing the things she loves with a new lease on life!

On her Facebook page, Donna wrote: “I have wonderful news to share – last week I was given the most precious gift of life from a very special friend and Lincoln Sudbury Teacher. I received a live kidney donation from a friend from many many years ago. I actually had the pleasure of coaching Kathleen when she was the captain of the college basketball team that I coached. After college, she entered the teaching profession. It was our mutual love for teaching, coaching and doing a job that makes you happy every day that kept us in close contact over the years.

When she told me she wanted to be tested and donate a kidney I was blown away. Kathleen is a Mathematics Teacher at Lincoln Sudbury who has impacted so many lives. Over the years we remained connected through our love of teaching, golf, and bucket list travel vacations. Just last year we won a two day North Conway Country Club Invitational team golf tournament together. Maybe it was a sign…

When Kathleen heard the news about my challenges she never hesitated… and if you know “K.T.” that is just who she is. She is one of the most giving, courageous and generous individuals I know. Words cannot express my gratitude for the precious gift she has given me.

K.T. saved my life! We are both home recuperating now. Every morning I am reminded of the true blessing I have been given thanks to my living donor. She unselfishly gave me the gift of life.

I wanted to share the news with all the people who supported me through this difficult and challenging experience with positive thoughts, ongoing conversations, trips to the doctor and touching encouragement along the way. It meant a lot and helped me along my journey.

Words have been hard to find but I do believe that when you are lucky as I am to have a beautiful friend like K.T. you work extra hard to live up to her example. A special thank you to the staff at Lincoln Sudbury High School who have supported K.T. through this process and Thank you K.T. ! I will be forever inspired by your sacrifice. ”

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