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Monday, December 13, 2010 - 8:50am

Students use billboard to help beloved teacher find kidney.

When students at Pennsylvania's Tennent High School found out their beloved teacher needed a kidney, they wanted to find a way to help out.

Jerry Alampi lived a normal life after losing a kidney to cancer 15 years ago, until his backup began to fail and he found out he would need a transplant.

Alampi was Kristy Sevag's favorite teacher 12 years ago, and her cousin, currently in Jerry's Driver's Ed class, found out his secret.

"When my cousin told me Jerry needed a kidney and he jokingly says, 'Why don't you put it on a billboard?' I said, 'Why Not?' and I made some calls, did the artwork, and now it's up," she says.

The freelance billboard artist got free space on four billboards asking people to be Jerry's angel, and the dozens of calls offering to be tested as a donor or just offering prayers got to him.

"There is a saying, 'Share your spare,' and if you can share your spare, not just for me, there's a lot of people out there who need a kidney, Alampi says."

As a teacher, he says you hope to touch the life of a student you teach, but in this case, it may be one of his students that saves his.

"My wish is just to have him have the best Christmas, and what a gift that would be," Sevag says.

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