It has been quite a National Transplant Week! First my friend Philip flew home from Argentina where he had won two silvers and a bronze medal in the World Transplant Games. I am his pastor and cannot wait to have him in Church on Sunday to tell us all about it. I might actually be more excited than him! Philip and I are both aware, maybe even particularly on Transplant Week, how incredible it is that someone gave Philip the liver he needed eleven years ago so that he could have life and run a brilliant time in the 5K Road Race at these Games.
On Tuesday night we heard some news from our friend Lucia. She has been waiting for a liver for a few months. She is 16. She had transplants at the ages of 8 and 9. She was over in hospital in Birmingham and was on her way back to the airport to go home when she was suddenly called back as a liver had become available. We went off to bed praying that at 5am the liver would prove to be a match and that at 7am Lucia would be in theatre. The next text woke us up at 7 and she was on her way. These last few days have been long but so far so good. Again we are so thankful to someone who donated their liver to give Lucia this chance!
Lucia is a remarkable young woman. We have loved her since our children became friends over a decade ago. However, in recent years she has been an inspiration, no more so than when a few months ago she envisioned a campaign to encourage people to donate their organs.
She calls her campaign Live Loudly Donate Proudly and what she is attempting to do is encourage people to have a conversation with their families to make their wishes known that should something happen to them then they should like their organs donated. This is a very important conversation so that at a time of grief families have a clear message from the loved one they have lost as to what their wishes are.
So on Transplant Week have the conversation. Tell your family that, if something should happen to you, you want to keep other people alive, give them a chance at medals, give them a chance to go into theatre and hope for a future. Don’t leave it. This Transplant Week we as a family had the conversation. We want to be for somebody what somebody else was for Philip and Lucia. We are so grateful. Live Loudly Donate Proudly!
Why not leave a video on that page to say you have had the conversation...