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In an age of Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, and the Beckhams, it's nice to know there are still some people out there who understand that life is not a narcissism carnival. Principal Jim Friel of New Hampshire's Franklin Middle School is donating his kidney to one of his students--13-year-old Morgan Corliss. Corliss suffers from FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis), which prevents her kidneys from doing their primary work. When Mr. Friel learned about Morgan's condition, and learned that he had the same blood type, he volunteered to give her one of his kidneys. The operation is scheduled for January. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty. Gadfly salutes Friel for his courage and selflessness.

"Principal to donate a kidney to student," Associated Press, November 20, 2007

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