Aug 7, 2023
For many, tales of educators going beyond the classroom for their students are commonplace. However, a recent story stands out, showcasing an extraordinary bond between a student and his teacher, unlike anything ever heard before.
Roman McCormick, a high school student with a passion for soccer, faced a life challenge from an early age. Only 15 years old, he battled with B.O.R. syndrome, a condition severely affecting his kidneys. This condition sapped him of his youthful energy, often leaving him too tired to engage in the sport he loved so much.
Watching a child suffer is an unimaginable pain for parents. Despite numerous attempts to alleviate their son's deteriorating health, Roman's parents found themselves in a dire situation. The search for a suitable kidney donor seemed never-ending. In a bid to find a solution, they made a heartfelt public appeal.
To everyone's astonishment, the answer to their prayers came from Roman's 9th-grade geometry teacher, Eddie. Taking his commitment to a student's well-being to an exceptional level, Eddie decided to check if he could be the miracle they were waiting for. Without informing Roman or his family, Eddie underwent all the necessary medical tests. And as destiny would have it, he was a perfect match! The McCormicks' disbelief and joy knew no bounds when Eddie revealed, "Not only is there a donor, it's me, his geometry teacher.
After the successful surgeries, the reunion between Roman and Eddie was heartwarming and poignant. They now share a unique bond, one forged out of sacrifice and immense kindness.
Thanks to Eddie's unparalleled act of selflessness, Roman is now gearing up to return to the soccer field, eager to chase after the ball and live his teenage years to the fullest. What Eddie gave wasn't just an organ; he gifted Roman a chance at a fuller, brighter future.
Teachers impact lives in ways often unseen. They teach, guide, and occasionally, as in Eddie's case, redefine the very essence of altruism. This narrative is a testament to the extraordinary acts of kindness humans are capable of, illustrating the profound relationships birthed in the most unexpected places.
Celebrating Roman and Eddie, their story stands as an inspiration, a beacon of hope, and a testament to human compassion and resilience. If you are inspired to save a life and donate a kidney, you can find out how to do so in this article.
Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft. As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to TechWire.net and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.
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