Friday, June 17, 2011

Have a Heart

My brother-in-law needs a new heart.  He is 51 years old and was recently placed on the transplant list.  In addition to going about his day to day life, he is anxiously waiting for a phone call to alert him that a donor heart is available.  I don't think I need to spell it out, but I will.  It means that someone has died.  This someone, by being an organ donor, is a very generous person.  This gift of a heart will prolong my brother-in-law's life.  It's an odd situation to be in and I can't imagine the stress that he and his immediate family are under right now as they wait.

His wife is planning a silent auction and fundraising dinner for July 22.  I've contacted some businesses in the area and posted on Facebook to people I know for donations.  We're looking for auction items.  Think gift cards, baskets, art, crafts, tickets to events, etc.  If you want to send something, please send me an email and we'll talk. We're getting some good stuff so far and if you're a heavy metal fan, you just might want to attend the auction.

His oldest daughter recently turned 15.  At her request and as a surprise to her dad, she asked that her friends make a donation to her dad's transplant fund instead of giving her a birthday gift. She raised over $300.  She's a sweet kid.

If you'd like to Donate click on that link.
Also, if you haven't already done so, think about organ donation.  You can sign up here.

2 comments:

  1. I am so sad to hear this, Pam. My brother's wife was an organ donor; she saved three lives after her death. I will keep good thoughts for your family and his.

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