Maine Law grad Amanda Doherty, ‘08, spreads word to help friend

July 30, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Many people know Amanda Doherty as one of Maine’s rising young stars in the world of criminal defense. She recently launched her own firm after practicing under the wing of prominent lawyers such as Cliff Strike, Sarah Churchill and Randy Bates.

What people might not know is that Doherty also has a really big heart.

Doherty, who has taught as an adjunct professor at Maine Law, is helping to spread the word about a close friend who is in desperate need of a kidney and pancreas transplant. Maria Flannery of Hopkinton, Mass., was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child. In 1994, at the age of 31, Flannery received a kidney from her father. That kidney has now failed, and Flannery undergoes dialysis three times a week. Without a transplant soon, the mother of two will not survive, Doherty said. Flannery has been on a transplant waiting list for two and a half years.

“Maria has taken to social media, and any other media source she can access, to help spread the word, not only to help her but to help other people in need of organ transplants,” Doherty said.

Flannery, 48, and her family started a Facebook page, “A Kidney for Maria.” They also have a website, and Flannery was interviewed in June by Yahoo! News.

“We have been stressing that we aren't asking people to donate a kidney. We're just getting my story out there with the hopes that a donor will find me. There are many people who give altruistically, and we're hoping one of them reads my story,” Flannery said.

“Even if a match isn't found in the end, I am so grateful for the support and outpouring of love that has come our way. I feel so fortunate to live in a time where social media can spread your story so far and wide just by the push of a button.” For information about the need for donations, or on becoming a donor, visit


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