Tomorrow, October 22, 2011, marks an important day around the country. No, it’s not a national holiday, but with as
much success each year since its inception in 1992, perhaps it could be
someday, you never know.
What is this special day, you ask?
It is Make A Difference Day! A
national day of giving back. A day where
everyone has a chance to step up for their communities. Perhaps you and a group of friends get
together to help clean up a park so kids can play safely; or putting together
an event where you help the homeless, perhaps in a soup kitchen…the ideas are
But I have an idea that many may not have thought about but I would like you
to consider, talk about with your family and friends about, and then take
action. It is a personal decision, but
once you make that decision, it is so easy to accomplish, and what you get out
of it is almost too difficult to put into words.
The simple act of kindness that I would like you to consider on Make A
Difference Day is becoming an organ donor.
This is not a day to throw a whole lot of numbers at you, but suffice it to
say, there are many, many people around the country and around the world in
need of a life saving act of kindness.
You may even know people in your communities, in your cities and towns,
where you work, where you take your yoga or Pilates or Spinning class, or they
may even be your next door neighbor, all of whom may need a kidney, a pancreas,
a liver, or a heart.
As you know, I was the recipient of a donated kidney earlier this year, from
my brother, Tommy. I was one of the
lucky ones. Had Tommy not been a match,
who knows where I would be today – probably joining many of the thousands on
dialysis, waiting and hoping for the phone to ring.
And that wait, for those that do not have a ready, willing and able donor,
can be excruciatingly long – not months, years.
And from what I am told, there are similar wait times for people needing
other the other organs mentioned, as well.
Perhaps you have had a family member or dear friend receive an organ from a
complete stranger in order to keep them alive, so you could celebrate more
birthdays and holidays with them. Well,
if that is the case, and you haven’t done anything about it…this is your chance
to step up, man up, woman up, and pay it forward.
If you want to make a positive change in your life AND in the life of
someone else, then stop putting it off until tomorrow, because tomorrow
sometimes never comes for some people.
Make a difference in someone’s life…make a difference in your life –
become an organ donor !!!