Since April is National Donate Life Month and organ donation is such an important topic, I thought it would be a great time to share our story. With all of the bad in the world today, I just wanted to share something that’s good, someone who is good. To show everyone that there are still kind, compassionate, truly awesome people in this world.
When Life Changes in a Moment's Notice
Knowing the odds of Tracy's brother in law being a match for my dad were unlikely, I focused my thoughts on my friend and her family, praying so so hard for strength and peace for all of them. I could hardly sleep that night, as my emotions and thoughts seemed overwhelming. Drifting in and out, I was awakened from my shallow sleep by a phone call from my father. I picked up the phone to my father saying, “Are you ready to go to Philly?” I couldn’t believe it! Immediately I felt paralyzed and I couldn’t speak; all I could do was cry and tell my dad how much I loved him.
How is this even possible? The odds of something like this happening just seemed impossible! I called Tracy to tell her after we verified that the heart was indeed his, and she couldn’t believe it either.
Photo: Dad and I right before surgery
I can honestly tell you that I will never be the same after this. My Dad and I left for Philly that morning, talking to Tracy every step of the way. We kept her posted on our end while she gave us updates from hers. As we sat in my Dad’s hospital room, waiting for them to take him back for surgery, Tracy sent me a picture... of Tom. I held my phone close to my heart and cried, I could hardly look at it. How could something like this happen to such a handsome, young man? It just didn’t seem fair.
Photo: Dad two days post transplant
Tom, we are so thankful for your life and your love. Thank you for being our angel, we send you our love and gratitude. We will never forget you.