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Beth, 3, has spent 330 nights of her short life at Ronald McDonald House (SPH)

The Steiger family, including mom Erin (L), Claire, dad Jared, Beth and Alandra. (Photo Credit: Dan Toulgoet)
The Steiger family, including mom Erin (L), Claire, dad Jared, Beth and Alandra. (Photo Credit: Dan Toulgoet)

Dressed in a purple tank top and pink shorts, her blond ponytails shining in the August sun, three-year-old Beth Steiger moves between dropping fish food into a tiny pond at Ronald McDonald House on Heather Street and popping Cheerios into her mouth.

On occasion, Beth stopped to admire her fingernails, painted in a clear coat of sparkles, the perfect accessory to the pink glasses with flowered arms perched on her tiny nose. Running out of fish food, Beth went to plan B and began sharing her beloved Cheerios with the hungry orange and white koi gathered below.

Beth underwent a kidney transplant June 13, just weeks before her third birthday. Knowing since birth that Beth would need a kidney transplant, both Jared and mom Erin Steiger offered to act as donor, but it was Jared who went under the knife at St. Paul’s Hospital. Despite Beth’s tiny size, when an adult donates a kidney to a child the entire organ is removed, so at the time of this interview, Jared was just two months past the invasive surgery.

Click here to read the full story in the Tri-City News.

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