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Posted Feb 19 2009 5:12pm
Today is not only Valentine's Day but it also marks the one year anniversary of my kidney transplant. I woke up at 8:37 a.m. and that was when the results came in and it was a go for me to receive this kidney. Last night 5 couples gathered to celebrate the gift of living. We had become friends through mutual circumstances. My friend, Guy, even had his donor family there. Fred (Guy's donor) attends church and is a friend of Guy's. What an awesome act of unconditional love Fred did for Guy! Another couple there were Joe and Joyce who will celebrate 21 years of marriage this March. Joyce was able to donate a kidney to Joe and again what a wonderful gift of love. Fred and Joyce both are well and healthy and cannot even tell they only have one kidney. With all the celebrating going on, Ann and I were reminded that there are 2 families who are not celebrating but remembering the life of a loved one who passed away at this same time last year. These families are also "heroes" in my opinion. Unconditional love and selflessness is sometimes hard to find these days in society. Yet, these people and families have demonstrated just that. The families who agree to donate their loved one's organs have no idea who or even where they will go to. An accident in Alabama could affect someone in Mississippi or Georgia or who knows where. These families don't expect anything in return and to me demonstrate God's love in a practical way. Today is an emotional roller coaster between the joy of living and remembering someone else is not. To all donors and donor families, THANK YOU!!!! If you have not designated yourself as an Organ Donor, please DO!!! If you hear of someone needing a transplant that can be done by a living donor, look into it! Every 90 minutes someone like you and me dies from needing a transplant.*Every 12 minutes a name is added to the transplant list.*Nearly 100,000 men, women, and CHILDREN currently await a life saving transplant.*In the U.S. more than 1 million tissue transplants are performed every year.*You can live a normal healthy life with one kidney.*You can donate part of your liver and live a normal healthy life. It regenerates!*You will forever change someone's life. You will let them spend more precious time with their children, grandchildren, and family and friends.*You will be a hero.YOU have the Power to Donate LIFE, be an Organ and Tissue Donor
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