Friends, Family, and Anyone Who Will Listen:
Most of you know our story. My mom, Jeanne Clink, received a life-saving double lung and heart transplant on February 4, 2012. We spent two extra years with her, and she saw my brother and I achieve many new accomplishments, and we made so many wonderful memories together.
Today, I am asking you to donate to this page for Jeanne Clink. At this time last year she was in the hospital in Philadelphia. We spent Christmas at the Gift of Life Family House as she struggled with infection in the hospital. I sat in the lobby of the Gift of Life Family House, wrapping everyone's Christmas presents on Christmas Eve; sharing grief, laughter, and tears with other guests who, like me, were still trying to give the gift of Christmas and keep the magic alive for their loved ones, all while fighting through tremendously stressful and life threatening situations.
We gave my mom an open heart charm last year, for her Pandora bracelet. I got a few gifts for my Dad and Brother and Sister-in-law, beacuse we were all there, and no one planned to be surprised by any gifts. But when we woke up in the Gift of Life House on Christmas morning, we found that it was visited by Santa too. Presents for each guest were left outside each door down the hallway, and guests were given gifts that suited their needs, personalities, or desires. The Gift of Life Family House's staff took the time to know their guests and give them a small surprise on Christmas morning. We had french toast, eggs, and bacon for breakfast. It was truly magical and so unexpected.
Then we made the short drive to Temple University Hospital to spend Christmas Day with mom. We skyped with our family back at home, and we exchanged gifts around the miniature Christmas trees that my brother and I brought for her room. In the evening we watched Monster's University in the hospital, a gift my mom received that day. After my Dad fell asleep, my Mom told my brother and I stories about her pregnancy with each of us. This is my most cherished memory, and my favorite Christmas yet, and the Gift of Life Family House made it so. Please, I know I've asked you to help this organization before, but I ask you to consider helping them again and at a higher level. Please consider giving a gift to the Gift of Life Family House to help other families like mine.
Please join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday on December 2 by supporting the hundreds of transplant patients and families who call Gift of Life Family House their "home away from home."
At 8:00 a.m. on December 2, 2014, a big DONATE button will appear to the right of this screen - at which point you can make a much appreciated contribution to Gift of Life Family House and help us reach our goal for 40 Hours for the Family House!