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More national pub for Starbucks barista

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm with No Comments »
March 13, 2008 12:44 pm

Just got this press release in my inbox. Tacoma’s own Sandie Andersen keeps getting noticed on a national scale:


Starbucks barista Sandie Andersen served up more than a great cup of coffee this week, she donated one of her kidneys to a long-time customer. Annamarie Ausnes has suffered from polycystic kidney disease for nearly 20 years, a disorder that would eventually require her to undergo dialysis if she didn’t receive a transplant. With no matches in her family, Annamarie faced a long and uncertain future on the transplant wait list. That is until, on one of her daily trips to Starbucks, she mentioned her health troubles to Sandie. Sandie immediately volunteered to get a blood test and was a match. The two underwent surgery this week in Seattle, and doctors expect a full recovery for both.

ABC’s Neal Karlinsky reports on Sandie Andersen, who has been selected as "World News’" Person of the Week. She will be profiled on the broadcast on Friday, March 14.



Every Friday, "World News" features a "Person of the Week," someone who – for better or worse – has made a difference to the world or the country or a community. The series was part of the broadcast from 1986 until 1998 and was reintroduced in 2003. Viewers can submit their suggestions for "Person of the Week" via ABCNEWS.com.

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