Thursday, January 20, 2011

From tragedy comes Hope and Life

For some time, most of the news coming out of the State of Arizona has been bad. We've heard about their illegal immigration problems, the fact that transplant patients have been kicked off Medicaid, and most recently about the shooting which took 6 lives and injured over a dozen more people, including Congresswoman Giffords. Now, we hear another story from about the tragic Arizona shooting, but this one is about a heroic 9-year old girl with a giving heart.

Christina Taylor Green was the youngest victim of the shooting, but that is not what she should be remembered for. The Green family is a giving family who helps others regularly. Christina was no exception. The family is committed to organ donation. When Christina's grandmother passed away last year, the family donated her organs. So, when Christina's parents learned that Christina was gone, they decided to donate her organs and tissues, too. They believed it's what she would want. According to the story and accompanying video within it, Parents of Christina Taylor Green, 9, Urge Others to Consider Organ Donation, Christina's gifts saved the life of a little girl in Boston and gave eyesight to two other children. Donation often, as it did in the Green's case, gives donor families comfort and peace during their time of grief. I know from talking to my own donor family that it did them. In fact, Christiana's mom, Roxanna, said, "In this tragedy, I lost my daughter and she is never going to come back, so why not help someone else, to help them live a better life with their sight or organs." She went on to say, "But through all the sadness and the bad things, in the organ donation process, there is happiness." Donor families all across this country can echo her words. They are all heroes.

The article also says that the Green's are Catholics whose faith is very important to them. Therefore, I think they would probably agree that Christina's story is a real-life example of Romans 8:28 (KJV) which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." The families of the little girl in Boston whose life was saved by Christina and the children whose eyesight was restored might very well agree.
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