Alums Experience Value of Organ Donation

Teresa Roberts (B.A. English ’86) and Michelle Schmitt (B.A. Psychology ’13; MSW student) have experienced the  live-saving effects of organ donation. This past summer, Roberts, a teacher at Presentation Academy, saved the life of a Kentucky soldier by donating one of her kidneys to the man. Inspired by a WAVE 3 news story, Roberts wanted to help the soldier, who was in kidney failure, after pain relievers used to treat a traumatic brain injury sustained in Afghanistan damaged his kidneys. Roberts’ selfless gift is truly inspiring. Read more about her story as featured here in The Record or here on Wave 3 News.

Twenty years ago, during the 1994 snowstorm that shut down the city of Louisville, Spalding alum and current MSW student Michelle Schmitt received a liver transplant. Schmitt, who was three years old at the time, had congenital liver disease. Although the awaited call for a transplant was a blessing, Schmitt’s family feared the toddler might not make it out of the snowed-in city for her out-of-state surgery. Thanks to the ambitious efforts of neighbors and friends, a helicopter landing pad was cleared in the parking lot of Southeast Christian Church, and Schmitt was lifted to the Louisville airport. Today, Schmitt is in good health, and you can read more about her experience here at Wave 3 News.