something i haven’t discussed much…

if you read my blog shortly after liz died (or parts of my book), you may remember that i had a love/hate relationship with the organ donation process. in principle, it’s something that i absolutely agree with (and so did liz), and when confronted with the idea of donating liz’s organs, tissue and eyes, well, i knew it was the right thing to do.

and in spite of the difficulty i’ve had personally with certain parts of the process, a few years back i had a very visceral and cerebral experience that confirmed that i would forever be an advocate of organ donation (albeit it a mostly silent one up until now).

i heard from one of the families that benefited from liz’s donation…

up until that moment, i had no idea what happened after the phone call i’d had with the organ donation organization the day after liz died. quite honestly, i didn’t think i would ever want to know what happened, but when the representative from the organ donation group read me the letter from the family, i felt an amazing sense of relief, as if none of this was in vain.

fast forward a few years…

i recently got an email asking if i would be willing to share our family’s experience, in part to honor liz, and also to increase advocacy for organ donation. one of the big ways we would do this is to share our story, and also take part in decorating a floragraph with an image of liz that will be featured on the donate life float during the 2013 rose parade. i was more than honored to do so, and i know that liz would agree with the decision.

so if you’re interested in learning more about the donate life float, you can read the press release here.

you can see the entire list of floragraph honorees here.

and finally, you can read liz’s story here.

i’l be sharing more about this soon…

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