Mr. Duffey is a 7th grade social studies teacher at Northwest Middle School in Travelers Rest, SC. The staff and students all adore him, as he is a wonderful father, friend, teacher, and co-worker . He and his family will be traveling to Charleston at the end of September for his daughter to have a kidney transplant. His daughter, Katie, is only 2 years old and Mr. Duffey is her donor. This is amazing news for their family after a lot of health struggles for Katie. She will have her nephrectomy (remove her kidneys) and will then be put on dialysis for two weeks. Unfortunately, this has to be done with the type of kidney disease she has. Then the transplant will occur! MUSC's pediatric transplant division is excellent and we know Katie will be in great hands and very well taken care of!
Mr. Duffey will be out of school for about 6 weeks for both his and his daughters recoveries. He does not have enough sick days to cover this and we are no longer able to donate our own sick days to coworkers. I am a co-worker of Mr. Duffey's at Northwest Middle, and so many staff had been talking and wondering what they could do to help, and the best thing seemed to start a GoFundMe to help support this wonderful family. The funds raised here will go directly to the Duffey family for medical expenses for all of the upcoming procedures, living expenses while they are in Charleston for at least 6 weeks, and any after care that arises.