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