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Coworker to donate part of liver to Lower Macungie librarian

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - It's a story of incredible kindness and sacrifice between co-workers. You'll find it at the Lower Macungie library, but not on any book shelf.

At the Lower Macungie library, people are supposed to be quiet so others can read, but there were whispers in the building about librarian Jennifer Dell Beni and how she was in need of a liver transplant.

"I've seen countless doctors, and had all sorts of procedures done," said Beni. "No one has been able to figure out exactly what's wrong with me."

Beni says she has had medical issues since 2004.

Gregory Edwards, a coworker of Beni, has only known her for a year. But when one donor didn't pan out, Edwards looked into becoming a living donor.

"I'm not the one who has to get up every morning and deal with the pain," added Edwards.

Turns out, after several tests, Edwards is a perfect match for the surgery.

"I just felt really good about it," said Edwards. "Like somehow I knew it was going to work out."

The transplant surgery will take place Nov. 2, but there will be recovery time for both.

So co-workers set up a Go Fund Me page to help with expenses.

Edwards says he knows a bit about organ donation. 

His sister died in a car accident and the family donated her heart tissue.

Also, his father is a recipient of a cornea transplant.

"If I can help someone while I am alive, why wait until I'm dead for me to be able to do something good," said Edwards.

"There are no words to ever be able to thank him or describe how excited I am to have a chance at a better life after this," added Beni.

You can help the fundraising efforts by donating at the Lower Macungie library or on the Go Fund Me page. 

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