Today is the funeral for a friend and colleague of Tom’s. It’s the second one in about 6 weeks. It’s been a rough couple of months for his company; two funerals and another colleague diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. It’s a small company, so this is hitting everyone pretty hard. The funeral today is especially hard. Kenn was only 46. He died of congestive heart failure, while on the wait list for a heart transplant. This man lived more life in his 46 years than some people twice his age. I read his obit and was amazed. He was also hysterically funny. I adored him because he made me, and more importantly, my husband laugh. Anyone who can make Tom laugh is a friend (weird senses of humor appreciate each other). We knew Kenn was ill, and had been for some time, but we had no idea he was this ill.
So please, live your life, enjoy your life, and then share life. Let everyone you know that you want to be an organ donor. Sign your drivers’ license. Post it on your blog. Scream it to the skies. Put it in your will (you do have one, right?) in big honkin’ letters. Once you’re gone, you don’t need those parts anymore and so many people do. Modern science has made it possible for organ donation so please, please be someone’s hero. I know people who have had donations, I know someone who is on a wait list for lungs, he is only 31. Please, this is needed.
Kenn will be so very missed. He left behind so many friends and family.
Hey, world…I want to be an organ donor. Don’t bury ’em, give ’em away.