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Thursday, December 13, 2018  
Student kidney donation revives family | Surplus program returns $1 million-plus to BGSU
The Butler family (left to right), Katey, John, Madison, Stephanie and Blake, following the transplant surgery
A new lease on life
Kidney donor Madison Butler gives ultimate gift to her mother

As the Butler family of Bellefontaine enters the Christmas season this year, they will have many gifts to celebrate, but undoubtedly the greatest is the gift of life. Daughter Madison this fall donated a kidney to her mother, Stephanie, who was in seriously failing health. Now Madison is back at Bowling Green State University getting ready to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and her mother is enjoying newfound energy and vitality.

Madison feels special gratitude to her faculty members, especially audiology instructor Dr. Kimberly Traver, a lecturer in communication disorders, and anatomy and physiology instructor Amy Wagner, a lecturer in biological sciences.

“They’re a huge part of why I’m still on track to graduate,” she said.

For Madison, there was never a question but that she would give her mother a kidney if she could, she said. When she turned out to be a perfect match, she never looked back.

“Maddi had no hesitation at all,” Stephanie said.

“People tell me what a selfless thing I did, but for me it was not selfless, but selfish,” Madison said. “I wasn’t ready to lose my mom, and this was something I could do. Her mother had passed away during the time she was sick last year and I saw how hard that was for her. My mom is an amazing, amazing woman. I love her so much and I was not willing to give her up.”


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Surplus program returns $1 million-plus to BGSU

The Bowling Green State University postal service has adopted a better way to conserve University resources, netting more than $1 million in total sales through the GovDeals program, a liquidity services marketplace that allows BGSU to sell surplus items online.

BGSU began its partnership with GovDeals in 2013 after deciding it needed to change the way it disposed of surplus items that were either no longer in use or obsolete. Traditionally, the University had spent a considerable amount of time facilitating a live auction, which typically recouped just $30,000 a year.

However, in its first year with GovDeals, the University was able to recoup more than $156,000 in fiscal year 2013, then more than $304,800 by 2014 and now over $1 million in sales since the start of the program.

“I think it’s fantastic for the University to be able to keep these funds here and to see money coming back into the budget,” said Jeremy VanTress, assistant director of business operations, who oversees the BGSU postal service.

“It was a decision that the University made because we realize that holding this auction process wasn’t generating the revenue we wanted, and we wanted to offer the community the option to purchase those items,” he said.

GovDeals allows sellers at the University to post items for the general public to purchase by taking pictures, writing descriptions and uploading relevant information to its website.

As a result, GovDeals reduces the labor force necessary to move items to a central location and affords buyers the ability to purchase items from the comfort of their own home. The proceeds from each sale are returned to the originating department, minus any fees or operating expenses.

“Not only have we been able to keep over $1 million from leaving the University, we've also been able to provide new life to items that may have been destined for a landfill — a win we feel is beneficial not only to the University, but to society as well,” VanTress said.

Richard Bowers, 80, professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, died Dec. 7 in Bowling Green. He taught at the University from 1969-96.

F. Lee Miesle,95, professor emeritus of speech communication, died Dec. 8 in Bowling Green. He joined BGSU in 1948 and retired in 1980. Memorial donations may be given to the F. Lee and Patricia H. Miesle Fund at the BGSU Foundation.