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Published December 20, 2009, 05:56 PM

Teacher Donates Kidney To Student

Some would argue she deserves the teacher of the year award, but Warroad business teacher Sherri Harder, doesn't want the recognition, she just wanted to help.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Some would argue she deserves the teacher of the year award, but Warroad business teacher Sherri Harder, doesn't want the recognition, she just wanted to help.

It's an unusual early Christmas present. One that has not only improved the life of a fifteen year old boy but brought joy to the donor.

Sherri Harder/Donated Kidney to Student: "I knew in my heart when I read the article that I would be his donor."

After reading about Timothy Mindl's story in the newspaper, Sherri Harder knew she was going donate one of her kidneys to the eighth grader. Not only was she a teacher at his school but he was was in her daughter's class and she had known Timothy's mother for several years.

Sherri Harder: "When I was pregnant with my second child, she was pregnant with Timothy and she worked at the school as well."

Once the results came back that she was a match, there was no looking back. Her family was at first apprehensive but stood by Sherri through the entire process, helping out wherever they could along with getting to spend some extra time with mom.

Riley Harder/Sherri's Daughter and Timothy's Classmate: "We just had to do a little more chores, we sat and did puzzles with her and watched movies."

Timothy was born premature with several medical problems and had been on the donor list for seven months, when a friend of the family suggested putting the story in the paper to find a donor.

Julie Mindl/Timothy's Mother: "We did an article and at the end of it we put the number to call if you were interested in a kit."

When Harder contacted Mindl, she had been the only person who had shown interest and actually gone through with all the testing. Once the surgery was completed, Mindl couldn't begin to express her gratitude.

Julie Mindl: "It's really hard to thank someone for their kidney and all I can do is I just told her how grateful we really were, but still it doesn't seem like enough."

Sherri Harder: "I enjoy giving, like I said I'd rather do it anonymously because then it's like you a a little secret with God that you did something special for someone and you didn't do it for the recognition, that's how I like to give."

But anonymity wasn't possible because she didn't want to have to lie to her family or her job. Now both Sherri and Timothy are doing well and almost back to their normal routine, but Timothy leaves Sherri with a resounding thank you for all she did for him.

Timothy Mindl/Received Kidney: "I'm thankful that she did all that and went through all that trouble."

Harder is currently in the process of checking on a fund where donations can be sent to help with Timothy's medical expenses.

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