In my post about my precious second cousins, I mentioned that I was going to post a story written by Katie.
Katie is an editor on her high school paper, the Paw Print. In April, months after our little “Hustle up the Hancock”, I got an email from Katie explaining that she was asked to write an opinion piece about organ donation. She said it was for a section they call “Paws and Claws”, where one person writes the pro, and the other writes the cons. She said a young student in the journalism class wanted to write the cons.
Katie said her editor-in-chief came to her and asked her to write the opposition to his views because she knew how strongly Katie feels about organ donation.
She thanked me for being her inspiration to do this – but learning how she feels has been an incredible inspiration to me.
I have friends waiting for transplant. I know so many precious donor families, including my own donor family. I tell my story – I tell people about Kari – so they understand how special organ donation truly is… If more people understand, maybe my friends won’t wait as long. And donor families need to know how we feel about the loved ones they've lost, and about them. In my heart I hope my story has an impact – I hope people pass it on. Katie’s words and feelings show me that Kari and I have an impact.
I’m so very honored by what she writes – and I’m so very proud of her.
Here is Katie’s article – The Gift That Keeps On Giving (requires Adobe Reader)