Yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Ellen introduced us to an amazing teacher from Madison, Wisconsin, saying, “This may be one of the sweetest, most selfless stories you’ll ever hear.”
She’s only 4-years old, but little Lyla Carreyn is currently suffering from something called, “Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA).”
MPA an “uncommon disease” that can result in blood vessel inflammation and this vasculitis can damage organ systems.
Here are the most commonly affected organs; the kidneys, lungs, nerves, skin and the joints and is why Lyla is in desparate need of a kidney.
Lyla’s mom, Dena did a nationwide organ search and no one came up as a match for here, but one day, teacher Beth Battista saw a Facebook posting about the organ search and went to get tested to see if she was a match, she was.
So, in September, Dena was given a surprised and a gift when the teachers told her that Lyla was getting a new teacher.
I have been sitting on this INCREDIBLE news for nearly a week, and I’m SO happy to finally share it with all of you . . .
Last Friday, I was called into Lyla’s school, Kids Express Learning Center. I was told a new teacher was starting, and I needed to meet with her. You see, every time Lyla gets a new teacher, I have to train that person re: Lyla’s medical conditions, medications, etc. It’s a whole thing.
So I show up at the school, and Lyla’s two current teachers are there, and they tell me the new teacher is on her way. And then they give me a present. And then this happened. (No, I had no idea I was being filmed.)
Many people think teachers are heroes. Beth Battista is more than our hero; she is our miracle.
When Dena wrote to Ellen, she just said in her letter:
“Dear Ellen, my 4-year old daughter Lyla is very sick and desperately needs a kidney transplant. We looked all over the country and couldn’t find a match. It turns out Lyla’s match was right in front of us, a teacher at her preschool. Teachers are everyday heroes, but Beth Battista truly goes above and beyond. How you possibly thank someone for saving your child’s life? I would love for Beth to meet one of her biggest inspirations, you.”
That was just a part of it because they knew that Dean “L-O-V-E’S” Aaron Rodgers from her home team, the Green Bay Packers.
Ellen said, “Beth you and I have something in common, we both love Aaron Rodgers.”
Beth said, “Oh, yes, love Aaron Rodgers, I LOVE, with capital letters!”
Ellen said, “He’s a very busy guy. I mean like really busy guy, but look at this.”
And Aaron appears on the screen in a personalized video message for Beth:
“Beth, what can I tell ya, I was moved when I heard about your story and the incredible act of selflessness you’re doing for Lyla,” Rodgers said. “It’s an amazing thing and I’m so glad that you’re getting the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Ellen and get your story out there.”
I want to do something special for you and your family so I want to invite you and your family to Green Bay to watch a game. We’ll take good care of you, meet you on the sidelines before the game, say hello, and enjoy a great Packer win. Hoping the best for you guys.
Can’t wait to see you at Lambeau and Ellen, I love you.”
Beth received four tickets and a Packers’ jersey for her trip to Lambeau.
She and Lyla are supposed to do the donating kidney in February, but it’s mainly to get the 4-year old’s health and strength up.