SOURCE: American College of Education

American College of Education

May 04, 2011 20:52 ET

American College of Education Student Honored as Hero by American Red Cross

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago recently honored Daniel Coyne with the Adult Good Samaritan Award at its 2011 Heroes Breakfast. In 2010, Coyne donated a kidney to Myra de la Vega, his favorite cashier at a local supermarket. Coyne is completing his master's of education in Educational Leadership at American College of Education.

For more than a decade, Coyne went through de la Vega's checkout line, drawn by her cheerful and kind demeanor. Upon learning that she was experiencing renal failure, Coyne felt a call to help, found out he was a match and with the support of his wife and two children, he became her organ donor.

"We hold family meetings every Sunday, complete with ice cream," Coyne said. "My children were on board from the first. My wife, who is a nurse, agreed also. Why else are we here if not to make the world a better place?"

Coyne is a social worker at Ray Elementary School in Chicago, a magnet school for pre-K through grade 6, and works daily with children in special education programs.

American College of Education is an integral part of Coyne's life and sense of service. He was inspired to attend American College of Education based on the collaborative arrangement between the college and Chicago Public Schools. "A.C.E. bent over backwards, in my opinion, to facilitate graduate studies for teachers who wanted to receive a master's in education," Coyne said.

Coyne said, "Every course helped me use the team approach to every problem. A.C.E. taught me how to bridge the connection between the school and the community stakeholders."

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