The story of Beth Battista, a teacher from Madison, Wis., and her 4-year-old student Lyla Carreyn is a touching one. Even Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken notice.
Battista and Carreyn’s mother appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to tell their amazing story of how Lyla’s teacher turned out to be her kidney donor. Battista decided to get herself tested as a potential match after a widespread search for Lyla’s potential donor came up empty. It turned out Battista was a match and she is scheduled to donate her kidney in February.
The story itself was inspiring, but that wasn’t all. DeGeneres had a major surprise up her sleeve, as she usually does. After bringing up her love for Rodgers, which Battista agreed with passionately, DeGeneres transitioned to a recorded message from the Packers quarterback that sent Battista into shock.
“Beth, what can I tell you? I was so moved when I heard about your story and the incredible act of selflessness you’re doing for Lyla,” Rodgers said. “It’s an amazing thing and I’m so glad you’re getting the opportunity to spend time with my friend, Ellen, and to get your story out there.
“I want to do something special for you and your family, so I want to invite you and your family to Green Bay to watch a game. We’ll take good care of you, we’ll get you on the sidelines before the game, say hello and enjoy a great Packer win.”
Let’s not mistake it: Battista is the true hero here. But, it’s great to see when sports can fuse with such incredible stories like this one.
You can check out the entire clip from the show, including Rodgers’ cameo, below: