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Custodian receives news that his kidney transplant was canceled

December 31, 2009
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RIVER FOREST, IL — A custodian at Willard Elementary School recently received heartbreaking news two days before his scheduled surgery: His kidney transplant was canceled over compatibility issues, according to the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.
Keith Palmer, who received his first kidney transplant in 1993 until it was found to be cancerous 16 years later, requires dialysis four times per day, the story stated.
According to the story, despite his medical requirements, Palmer managed to continue working at Willard Elementary School until October when the associated pain became unbearable for him, as he is on his feet all day.
Palmer receives Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) disability payments and, with the assistance of the National Kidney Foundation, his medical expenses are covered, the story noted.
To show their appreciation for what he does for them, students and staff at Willard Elementary School raised $850 to buy Palmer an account at The Perfect Dinner, which delivers meals to his home, the story added.
Palmer, who could have to wait as many as seven years for another donor, said: "I have good days and bad days. I could be fine and in two seconds I could be puking my guts out. I always look at it as it could be worse. I try not to let it bother me, but you kind of get sick of it after a while. Sick of being sick."
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