Saturday, December 24, 2011

Give the gift of life

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In today's Ottawa Citizen is a series of articles about the benefits of organ donation on the death of a loved one. The feature article focuses on a local Kanata family and their responses to the suggestion that the husband of the family become an organ donor following a massive stroke  a year or so ago. Their response was a heartfelt "Yes."

 The doctors harvested his heart, lungs and other organs and so were able to contribute to the lives of several others in desperate need. The family members, wife, son and daughter, were able to find joy in this tragedy as, over the next few months, they learned of the lives impacted by these donations. They were able, anonymously, to exchange correspondence with some of the recipients. Their husband and father lives on in the lives of others.

If its at all possible, sign your organ donation card and keep it with you at all times. The gift of life is yours to give.

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