The Gift of Life
I am overcome with emotion as I write these words.
Geordie and I had the privilege of spending the day at the Canadian Transplant Games in Toronto,
August 13, 2016. These athletes and their friends and family understand our message only too well.
“Life is unpredictable. Prepare for anything. Plan your life, plan your death and then just
love your life to death.
Because when you plan your life you live every day to the fullest. And when you plan for end of life,
long before you are facing it, you can make logical decisions.
Like the decision to be an organ donor.
My family and I made the decision to register as organ donors a long time ago. I’ve explained to my children that once my spirit leaves my body it is free. I no longer need my body, but it can help so many other people. And when someone you love dies, would it help to heal your heart, knowing they gave someone else a chance? How many? Organ donation can save 8 lives and enhance 50 people’s lives.
We met so many amazing athletes of all ages. I said to one person, “Imagine that most of these athletes would not be here if it weren’t for organ donation.”
He simply smiled and replied, “None of them would be.”
Look within and make an informed decision. Register. Share your decision with your family.
Here are some of the beautiful people who would not be here today, if someone had not been an
organ donor and given them the gift of life!
Are You a Registered Donor?
8/17/2016 07:41:43 am
I think that's great that you visited these athletes. I too am an organ donor. Have a great day Yvonne.
8/17/2016 08:31:28 am
It was beyond amazing. It's one thing to think about organ donation. But to meet so many people who would not be alive without it, it's just so moving. You can click on each pic and read a bit about them. Thanks, Denise!
8/20/2016 01:00:44 pm
I finally had the time to look at all who received transplants. It is so amazing. It's so great that you had time to meet with these organ recipients. Gave me the chills. Good for you Yvonne. Keep writing. Good Job. Denise
8/17/2016 08:54:48 am
I am an organ donor thanks to the awareness you created in me.
8/17/2016 08:55:53 am
Feels so good, doesn't it? :)
8/17/2016 12:42:31 pm
Extra ordinary is an understatement! It makes my agreeing to be a donor more powerful and meaningful! Thank you for sharing Yvonne!
8/17/2016 12:48:07 pm
Glad to hear, Julie. When you look into someone's eyes and see their great big smile, knowing they are so grateful to be alive, it really does something to your soul!
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Yvonne Heath is Canada's Proactive Living Consultant. She is a Speaker, Television Host, Award Winning Author
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