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Shawn Dillard

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Shawn is a senior at Austin High School in Decatur. In his short years, he has undergone at more than 15 surgeries, including two kidney transplants. His physical problems began at 6 months. His condition has been described by his doctors as a kidney disease. He went through his first kidney transplant. When his aunt Nadine Newsome (who had donated the kidney) woke, she learned that Shawn was in a coma. “I did not come here to preside over a death. I came here to celebrate a life,” she said. Aunt Nadine then bought party utensils, invited the other kids in the children’s ward to Shawn’s room, and started having a party. The children called his name and sang and wished him a happy birthday. In the midst, Shawn sat up and rubbed his eyes.
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  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
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Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting