Teacher Adopts Student So He Can Get A Kidney Transplant

A Colorado teacher has proved that he is for his students in and out of the classroom.

Finn Lanning has adopted a sick 7th grader who needed a stable home in order to remain on the kidney transplant list.


13-year-old Damien has focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), which means he needs a kidney transplant.

He is on the top of the transplant list but to stay on the list he needed a stable home.

He has been changing foster home to foster home, so that his medical needs could be accommodated well.

He has spent months, and years living in hospitals, but sadly whenever he’s a hospital resident, he is considered a high risk for the organ to not work.


Damien recently told his math teacher, Finn Lanning, at AXL Academy, that he would not return as he was on his way back to a hospital.

So Lanning decided to intervene and adopted Damien, so that he could finally have a home, and have the kidney transplant he so desperately needed.

“It just became really hard for me to look the other way,” Lanning said.

As Damien’s condition requires a strict diet to be followed, this has caused a huge financial burden on Lanning, as their food bill runs between $200 and $300 a week.

But, the community has stepped in to provide things like bedroom furniture, but they need a little financial help as well, so they have set up a GoFundMe account for that.


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