Ellen DeGeneres surprises Twin Cities kidney donor.

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Stacey Elsenpeter, of Andover, got the Ellen DeGeneres treatment in a segment that aired today when the show surprised Elsenpeter, a single mom who participated in a parent-kidney exchange to find a match for her son, Zach, who was born with kidney failure.

Stacey wasn’t a match to donate a kidney to her son, so she donated a kidney to a stranger, instead. Three years later, a stranger donated a kidney to Zach.

Elsepeter held a blood drive in 2015 to “give back” to the community, she said, because blood products kept her son alive until a kidney could be found.

Zach’s father donated his kidney in 2004 — when Zach was 11 months old — but the kidney failed when he was 5.

  • Mike Worcester

    Note to self — Make sure the box for Organ Donor is checked on drivers license; and that all my loved ones know I want my organs donated in the event of my untimely passing.