Last year on American Ninja Warrior, competitor Kenny Niemitalo reached out to fans in hopes of finding a kidney donor for his less than one year old daughter Hazel, who was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome. And a fan named Amy Schlee answered the call.
Amy said she decided to donate the kidney after seeing Niemitalo, Hazel, and Hazel's mother Maria Niemitalo on television. "Just a young family with a beautiful little girl that was going through that," said Schlee, "And they'd reached out and couldn't find anybody anywhere and I knew I was the right blood type, and I just wanted to help them."
Kenny Niemitalo was taken aback by the kind gesture saying, "It's mind blowing that some random stranger would donate a kidney to somebody that she's never met."
Hazel is now almost two and is doing very well. Maria had high praise for the woman that saved her daughter saying, "She's extremely selfless, and the world would be a better place if we had a lot more Amy's."
Even though Kenny did not advance to the finals, he was still extremely thankful for the all American Ninja Warrior has done saying, "Without this show my daughter wouldn't even be here right now."