I have decided to take a stab at completing my first 70.3 mile triathlon and want to do so while raising awareness of organ donation and funds to help the New England Organ Donor Bank in their efforts in this regard. The New England Organ Donor Bank holds a very special place in my heart because it was the local organization that provided support to me and to my family when my sister, Cynthia, became an organ donor over 15 years ago.
Cynthia was just 28 years old when she gave 7 women a chance for a new life through her organ donation and helped many others through cornea and tissue donation. We were fortunate to meet a few of the recipients of Cynthia’s gifts. Chief among them was Marisa, who was 11 years old when she received Cynthia’s heart. My sister’s heart beat in Marisa’s chest for 10 years and throughout much of that time we witnessed first-hand the profound impact the gift of life can have.
There are 22 people who die each day waiting for an organ. A single donor can give as many as 8 of them a second chance at life. I often say that if you want to leave a mark in this world, if you want to be remembered, there is no easier way than by becoming an organ donor.
What can you do to help?
1) If you have not done so before, please take a moment to consider registering as an organ donor. It is as simple as visiting www.registerme.org and entering your information
2) If you are interested and able to make a donation you can do so through the donation link on this page
3) If you would like to learn more about organ donation, please visit www.donatelife.net, or ask any questions. I'd be happy to answer them
Please feel free send any word of encouragement or advice – this is my first half-ironman distance triathlon and would welcome any and all tips!