Karen Keim, associate director of the Maine Educational Opportunity Center and Maine Educational Talent Search at the University of Maine, spoke with Bangor Daily News columnist Kathryn Olmstead about her experience becoming a kidney donor. When Keim learned that her colleague Darylen Cote, director of the TRIO College Access Services at the University of Maine in Presque Isle, needed a kidney, she knew she could be the donor. She said she wanted to donate a kidney to save her brother 13 years ago, but he was too ill to undergo the surgery. “I knew at some time I’d make a donation. It needed to be the right time,” Keim said.