When I registered to be an organ donor, I never realized the impact organ donation would make on my life. It all happened early morning, May 2, 2008 when I received a phone call that forever changed my life.
My son, Ryan, died from a gunshot wound to the head that day. It made no sense to me; the death of my child. I wanted to do something that did make sense, something good and something that would bring a sense of hope to this tragedy. Organ donation was my answer.
Ryan was the perfect donor; young, healthy and no damage to his major organs from his injury, allowing all of his organs available for transplantation. Ryan’s heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and pancreas were donated to give new life to those so desperate for a second chance.
Organ donation has been “heart healing” for me. Ryan has provided a bridge from me to his recipients; my extended family. Ryan’s legacy lives on; a legacy that gives hope and new life.
(Story shared by Ryan’s family.)