It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a new entry from our Illinois Donor Diaries. When the entry below came through, it quickly became one of my favorites. On top of joining the state’s donor registry, Amanda went a step further to help a fellow human being as a living donor.
May 12, 2008
“Why?” they asked.
And I told them.
Because it’s the right thing to do. Because I would want someone to do it for me. And more- because if you needed it, I would want someone to do it for you. Because- think of the recipient- how it will change their life and the family and friends who will get their loved one back. Think of the opportunity I have to make manifest my beliefs, to make my ideals into reality, to live up to the expectations I have created for myself. Because this is the best way to be the best person I know how to be. Think of how it will change my life too. Isn’t that reason enough?
Isn’t that the best reason?
So I went ahead, without the support of my family or friends, with only the physicians approval to lead me and an unknown recipient at my side- and I donated that kidney anyway. Call me rebellious, I guess. But what did you expect from someone with a rainbow colored mohawk and body piercings?
Because what you should expect- is that I will give you a second chance now to change your mind about what you think of the ‘freak’ walking down the street. I will give you a second chance to reconsider who might be the one that saved/changed your life or the life of someone you know and love. And what you should expect most- is that I will never hesitate to tell you that it was one of the best things I have ever done and would do it again in a heartbeat.
And maybe you can’t pull off a green mullet like I can, but you can be an organ donor. You can join me in my campaign to teach and heal others. And it’s easy- you can register with Donate Life Illinois and help others in need when you’ve passed on! Why?
Organ donation is the cool thing to do.