Kidney Donor May Lose His Job

Dan Coyne violates CPS policy by living outside city limits

By Kate Allt
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM CDT
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Kidney Donor May Lose His Job

Chicago Tribune

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He’s slated as a hero and a humanitarian, but Dan Coyne could soon lose his job.

Coyne donated his kidney to his grocery store cashier, Myra De La Vega, last March. De La Vega was diagnosed with kidney failure four years ago and met Coyne at the Jewel-Osco where she works. Coyne remembered her friendly face and volunteered his kidney when he learned she was ill.

Now, despite his good deeds, Coyne’s job as a social worker at Pershing East Magnet School is in jeopardy, unless he relocates from Evanston, his home of 18 years, to Chicago.

Coyne told the Chicago Tribune that he intends to keep his job, even if he has to rent a room in the city to fulfill the school board’s requirements.

“How many hours do I have to sleep in Chicago to meet the requirement?” he told the paper. “I’d rather be with my family, my church and my community than play this game.”

Previously, Pershing East principal Antonia Hill declared a “Dan Coyne Day” and turned his good deed into a lesson on giving for the school’s students.
 

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