"He's my Lifesaver" she said as she pulled the piece out and turned it over to reveal a picture of a handsome 14 year old boy in a baseball uniform. The picture had been laminated, but showed years of wear on it, and I got the impression immediately that Sean had done some traveling. I was reminded of my
|Flat Stanley meeting the President|
|Melissa year 1 of her transplant|
In the conversation that night and in subsequent e-mails, I've learned that telling Sean's story is only one part of what Melissa does to give back for her gift of life. She went to work for the transplant department at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philly. She keeps in regular contact with Sean's family, including Gail his
|One of Melissa's awards|
I was reluctant, years ago to sign an organ donation card. It was my daughter Molly who convinced me to do it the last time that I renewed my license. Here in NY, your choice is designated right under the class of license that you have with a red heart and organ donor printed under it. It was Melissa and Sean's story that reaffirmed that decision and I would encourage you to consider giving this Gift of Life too. With this blog, I hope I've given you a look at how powerful a difference that this simple decision can make in many people's lives. Share this story, it's a good one and a reminder to live like Melissa. Smile, appreciate each day that God gives us, be grateful for the gifts we are given, and try to make a difference in the world. Do it for Sean too.
|Melissa and Sean.|