I was forwarded this incredible little video from my friend Tenaya at Donate Life Hollywood... Check it out:
This is one of the reasons so many of us do what we do... We share our stories about Kari, Sam, Chase, Jay, Chloe and so many others because there are people like Pennie who need something that the rest of us often take for granted.
Can you imagine being in the shoes of Pennie's Mom & Dad? Can you imagine waiting and wondering whether your precious child will have the chance to live a normal life? Or maybe just live at all... Can you imagine watching a smile as joyful and bubbly - a flame as bright as Pennie's - flickering and going out forever?
This beautiful, little video ends happily - but there is something we're not seeing at the end that so many of us know about, and think about. Someone, somewhere is dealing with the tragedy of losing their precious child whose beautiful heart is now beating in Pennie's chest. Some family, facing the devastation of losing a child, had the strength and compassion, and the pure goodness to step away from that pain for a moment and think about others in the world who they might help. In the same way that I think about Kari, Melissa thinks about Chloe, Terry thinks about Chase, Julie thinks about Jay, and tissue recipients think about Sam - Pennie's Mom & Dad will think about the donor and family who saved their daughter, probably every single day.
Please consider organ donation. Commit to being a donor on your state's donor registry. Remember the strength and compassion and pure goodness of the people and families who save our lives can be part of your legacy too...