Did you watch the Bears/Packers game on Monday night this week?!?! I watched… I didn’t pay much attention. Anyone who knows us knows that Laura wears the sports pants in the family. However, at half-time they showed a beautiful, little story about a girl named Anna Schmidt. You really need to watch it:
This video is so much fun to watch – I’ll have to admit that when I saw it on Monday night, I was mesmerized… And in tears… The expressions and the emotions, and the surprise and joy on Anna’s face throughout this video defy description – you need to experience her experiencing this…
I am a Bears fan. And though Green Bay has always been one of our biggest rivals – right now, I’m a Packer fan too… The gift they gave Anna will be with her forever.
There is also a family out there somewhere who lost someone – and the heart of their loved one beats in Anna’s chest.
I cannot imagine watching someone as precious as Anna suffering with a failing heart. Nor can I imagine the strength that other family gathered after losing their loved one – likely a child – to anonymously help Anna's family when they made the decision to give Anna the gift she needed…
About one third into the video, the narrator tells us about Anna’s transplant surgery and recovery – and the interviewer asks Anna, “What was it like to start feeling better?”
Anna answered in a way that a fair number of us understand… Anna said, “It’s the most amazing feeling… In the world.”
You have the ability to allow someone to have the most amazing feeling in the world. Register to be an organ donor.