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St. Mary's therapist donates kidney to Tucson teenager

Posted at 8:35 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 01:00:02-04

A St. Mary's Respiratory Therapist has been inducted into the Tenet Heros 2018 Hall of Fame, the company's highest honor for colleagues, for donating a kidney to a Tucson Teenager.

Michelle Hanzie donated her kidney to Robin Schrader, who was 15-years-old at the time. Schrader was diagnosed with kidney failure following a routine sports physical. 

Hanzie learned about Schrader's need for a kidney during a family cookout. After doing research, she asked to be included as a potential donor.

Hanzie says when she got the call she was a 100% match, she cried.

"I was going to be on dialysis forever, and Michelle didn't even think twice about helping me get back to living a normal life," said Schrader.

Schrader, who is now 18-years-old, is healthy.

"There are over 100,000 'Robins' out there, from all walks of life that are in the same position as her, needing a transplant," said Hanzie. "The only difference is I knew about her, and I knew I could something for her. It's really a part of my life now, a really important part of my life."


Over 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list. To find out more on organ donations, click here.