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Blake Loudenber

Students celebrate classmate's one-year anniversary with new kidney

Students celebrate classmate's one-year anniversary with new kidney

GRIFFITH | March 14, was a special day for 10-year-old Blake Loudenber, who marked the one-year anniversary of his lifesaving kidney transplant.

March 28, 2014 12:00 am

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“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Ten-year-old kidney transplant survivor Blake Loudenber visits with friends Griffith Police officer Kevin Strbjak and Griffith firefighter Joe Martin.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Ten-year-old kidney transplant survivor Blake Loudenber has developed a friendship with Griffith Police Officer Kevin Strbjak, pictured, and Firefighter Joe Martin. Loudenber is collecting art supplies for kids at hospitals to mark his first anniversary from his own surgery.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

GRIFFITH | Blake Loudenber is a game changer.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Ten-year-old Blake Loudenber with grandmother Cindy Loudenber bring crayon and coloring book drop boxes to the Griffith Police Station.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Blake Loudenber, 10, with grandmother Cindy and cousin Carter Ray bring crayon and coloring book drop boxes to the Griffith Police Station.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Young kidney transplant recipient pays it forward

Ten-year-old kidney transplant survivor Blake Loudenber drops off collection boxes in Griffith and visits with Griffith Police officer Kevin Strbjak and Griffith firefighter Joe Martin. Strbjak and Joe Martin developed a strong friendship with the Loudenbers last year during Blake's fight.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Beiriger Elementary classmates backing Blake

Beiriger Elementary classmates backing Blake

GRIFFITH | Beiriger Elementary's third grade teacher Lynn Lukmann leads her students to Blake Loudenber's home where he is recuperating from an intense kidney transplant. Blake hasn't been in school in over one month.

April 15, 2013 4:37 pm Photos

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Miracle Blake is home at last

Miracle Blake is home at last

GRIFFITH | Hundreds of supporters, including the Griffith High School baseball team, showed up on 9-year-old Blake Loudenber's door step to welcome him home Wednesday.

April 11, 2013 9:21 am Video Photos

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Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Blake Loudenber, 9, waves to a crowd of more than 100 supporters as they welcome him back to his Griffith home. Blake, who was born with polycystic kidney disease and received a new kidney March 14, was released Tuesday from a Chicago hospital.

April 10, 2013 8:05 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

The Griffith High School baseball team welcomes Blake Loudenber, 9, back to his home in Griffith following a recent kidney transplant.

April 10, 2013 8:06 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

A Griffith firetruck helps escort Blake Loudenber to his home Tuesday as a crowd of supporters cheers for him. Griffith firefighters and police officers also visited Blake last week in his room at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago. 

April 10, 2013 8:05 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Blake Loudenber, 9, center background, is welcomed back to his Griffith home Tuesday by his cousins Miley Loudenber, right, Carter Ray, center, and some neighborhood dogs.

April 10, 2013 8:06 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Blake Loudenber, 9, is overcome with emotion Tuesday after being welcomed back to his Griffith home by neighbors, classmates and friends.

April 10, 2013 8:05 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Blake Loudenber, 9, is welcomed back to his Griffith home by a crowd of over 100 people after his recent kidney transplant.

April 10, 2013 8:05 pm
Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

Griffith gives 9-year-old kidney transplant patient a warm welcome home

The Loudenber yard is decorated for the return of Blake Loudenber after his recent kidney transplant.

April 10, 2013 8:06 pm
Griffith firefighters, police salute boy recovering from kidney transplant

Griffith firefighters, police salute boy recovering from kidney transplant

Blake Loudenber gets a salute from Griffith firefighter Steve Kovecsi, far left, Griffith Patrolman Chris Herrmann, center, and Blake's cousin Miley Loudenber, 6, in his room at Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago.

April 04, 2013 5:56 pm
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