Subtitle: Today I am an organ donor.
First of all – there is a beautiful little video below about a friend who I have never met in person. Yet. I will meet her in person someday. I met her electronically on Transplant Buddies while she was a little afraid and waiting for lungs, and dreaming about dancing with her toddler son, Sammy. I found her compassion and care towards other people to be amazing – reading her responses to questions from others who were suffering or struggling, would never give you an idea that she was struggling herself…
Karen received her beautiful, new lungs on December 1, 2009. She has danced with Sammy… The video below, produced by Maddie McGarvey, is titled “My Name is Karen Range” – and more of Karen’s story, written by Karen, is available at this link…
But I want to touch on another way Karen touched a life. As much as I’ve grown to adore Karen and what she does and says – the photographer/producer added a little prologue that I found truly moving:
STATEMENT FROM PHOTOGRAPHER MADDIE MCGARVEY: "I started this project not really knowing what to expect. Honestly, I didn’t know much about organ donation, and at first I struggled with this project. Karen lived almost two hours away from me and I was shooting throughout the winter when the roads were treacherous and all I wanted to do was hide in bed. But I knew this was an important project that could actually make a difference in somebody’s life so I pushed myself to do a good job. I met Karen a few weeks before she got the call that changed her life. She was frail, couldn’t get around very well, and yet so full of hope. I took a few pictures of her and her son and told her I would be back as soon as I was on winter break from school. A couple of weeks later I got an email saying that Karen had her double lung transplant and was doing well. I was thrilled for her, and hoped that she would still let me follow her around and document her life with her new lungs. I can honestly say that Karen and her family have changed my life for the better. I witnessed Karen transform from someone barely able to breathe on her own to being able to run up the stairs. I am so thankful that Karen let me into her life. I have definitely learned not to take life for granted. I didn’t care about organ donation until I met Karen. As she invited me into her life, I met a woman no different than my own mother. Today I am an organ donor."
There is not much that says more about us, or about the beautiful person who saved our life, than after telling our story to someone – to have them come up to you and say, “Today I am an organ donor.”
Karen’s dream was to dance with Sammy… Her new dream is to dance at Sammy’s wedding… If you’re not already registered, how about considering making some dreams come true? Register at your state’s registry so that you can say, “Today I am an organ donor.”