Fifteen years ago I joined a community with whom I never imagined I would ever become a member. I personally supported this group, but it was silently and without much thought. Little did I know that one day I would be a staunch supporter of this organization, addressing large audiences about its mission and asking people to really think about its rewards and benefits. This community is unique in that all major religions in the world view its purpose as an act of charity or make it clear that it is a decision that is left to be made by an individual or family.
Organ donation has literally given me a second chance at life. And quite honestly, as I sit typing this post, I am awaiting a third chance at life. Who am I to deserve yet another opportunity to do whatever it is I am meant to do on this earth? That is a question I battle within myself every single day.
Today, as I prepare to stand before an audience of more than 500 donor family members and attempt to convey to them the deeply profound sense of gratitude I have for their massive act of generosity, I will also vow to live the rest of my life, day by day, doing something that matters to someone else and that I can only hope will reflect the life that I believe I am being asked to lead with every breath I take.
Today I share my gratitude for the individuals and families who have chosen the most selfless act of charity there is, the gift of life to another.