Life is a beautiful gift
It was June 8, 2002 when I got the call. UCSF was calling to tell me to get to the hospital within the next two hours or I would lose my chance for my organ transplant. At that moment, my life was forever changed for the better, but at the same time someone I will never meet was experiencing the grief of losing someone they love. A mother had just lost her son, perhaps someone lost a brother. I will never know their story, but I do know what they did for me that day. They said “Yes, we will donate our loved ones organs to save someone else’s life”. They did this while in the midst of their own overwhelming sadness. There truly are no words that express my gratitude for them today. I can only try by cherishing my second chance at a healthy life and never taking it for granted. Sometimes I wonder why I was so fortunate while others wait for years and years on transplant lists only to pass before ever receiving one. While I will never figure that out, I do know I’m here for a reason. To live each day to its fullest, love others, and be of service to my fellows.
I am teaming up with Donor Network West to raise awareness about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation at the 8th annual Donate Life Run/Walk! This event will celebrate those touched by donation and honor the donors who have given the gift of life.
Funds raised from the Run/Walk help provide education on organ, eye, and tissue donation through community outreach, research, clinical events and our annual Donor Family Gatherings. Each person touched by Donor Network West’s public education campaigns, who then registers as a donor, has the potential of saving 8 lives through organ donation and improving another 75 lives through tissue donation.
It’s easy to make a difference – just click the button to the right to make a donation. Any amount helps the over 11,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant in Northern California and Northern Nevada.
I hope you will join me in building a future where all those waiting for a transplant receive their second chance at life.
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