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By Lauren M. Johnson

It was a match made in heaven, or at least eharmony told them so. But Lisa and Dan Summers didn’t know how compatible they really were.

Before the Summers met and fell in love after meeting online, Dan, who is in his 30’s, had a kidney condition that was discovered in his 20s.

“I knew about 10 years ago that there was going to be some trouble sometime in the future,” Dan told CNN affiliate KTXL. “And they thought it was going to be when I was in my 50s or 60s, and it ended up hitting last year.”

He needed a transplant, and come to find out Lisa was a match. The odds? One in 100,000, doctors said.

“It’s like being next to a stranger on a train, matching them and then also falling in love on top of it, you know,” Lisa said. “There was like this sense that it was going to work.”

On August 22 at UCSF Medical Center near their home in Auburn, California, the transplant was successfully performed, and Lisa’s kidney was accepted by Dan’s body.

A new outlook

Though the Summers are back to normal with their son Jasper, they have a new appreciation for life.

“Being able to see him in front of me just holding my son’s hand or when he lifts him or those fun moments,” Lisa said. “It’s like there’s an extra appreciation to it, that my son gets to have his father growing up, you know.”

The Summers are now also advocating for kidney donation and are firm believers that the sacrifice can go a long way.

“There’s a shortage of donors that are out there right now and there’s a number of people that are in kidney failure. And dialysis is not a fun thing,” Dan said. “On a live donor they can get 10 to 20, sometimes 30 years if the match is really good.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/05/us/wife-is-husbands-kidney-donor-trnd/index.html

By Lauren M. Johnson

One man in Jupiter, Florida, decided that he could make a difference in his town by paying off the lunch debt for every child in the system. It all started with a Facebook post.

Angie Vyas-Knight, administrator of the “Jupiter Mamas” Facebook group, told CNN she was disgusted by national news stories about children who couldn’t afford to buy lunch at school. She asked the Palm Beach county school board for her district’s stats.

To spread awareness, she shared the list of nine schools’ outstanding lunch debt of $944.34. Weeks later, the list made its way to Jupiter real estate agent Andrew Levy.

Levy decided he wanted to do something about the list, and paid the balance for all 400 kids in full. He knew that the kids in debt would go without eating or simply get a cheese sandwich.

“I thought that’s crazy. Food is something you shouldn’t have to think about. Children shouldn’t learn hungry,” Levy told CNN affiliate WPEC.

But he isn’t stopping there. “I’m going to do either a GoFundMe page or a fundraising page that can raise money every quarter, so lunch debt never accumulates so that children never have to worry about a hot meal and parents never have to worry about paying the bill,” he said.

Sharing his small spark of kindness started a fire with those who found out about his personal initiative. Over 200 people offered to help on his Facebook alone. With their help, Levy can start to not only tackle the lunch debt of Jupiter but the greater debt of Palm Beach County.

A spokeswoman for the district told CNN that the total school lunch debt was around $50,000 for over 180,000 enrolled students.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/14/us/man-pays-off-school-debt-trnd/index.html