Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boy's letter to Santa encourages organ donation

Thomas Nast's most famous drawing, "Merry...Santa Claus is known for bringing gifts of toys, clothes, and other things to children at Christmas. However, a 6-year old Ohio boy's letter to Santa may lead to gifts of another kind - gifts of life. Sherie Hunt's son's Christmas letter to Santa asking for a kidney to save his mother's life has touched the heart's of many. Unfortunately, that precious gift did not come in time. Sherie passed away a couple of weeks ago after suffering from kidney failure caused by Type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. However, it's very likely that her legacy will be one of hope and life for others because of Jesse's love for his mother.

Jesse's letter touched many hearts after it appeared in the newspaper. Samantha Moyer and Bonnie Peck were two of them. The story Kidney Patient's Life Inspires Others from the tells that both Moyer and Peck volunteered to be tested to see if they were possible matches for Sherie Hunt in hopes of being living kidney donors for her. Unfortunately, neither was, but Moyer would like to help someone else. She is highly supportive of organ donation. "There may be another family out there in the same situation," she said.

Now, the concern is for Jessie and how he will cope with growing up without his mother. It's something no child should have to do. However, the good news is that you can keep another child from having to grow up without one of their parents because a life-saving organ match did not become available in time. Just visit the Donate Life America website by clicking here. There, you can find answers to your questions about organ donation. Plus, by clicking on the Commit To Donation button, you can find out how to become an organ and tissue donor in the state where you live. Samantha Moyer and Bonnie Peck have got it right by wanting to help someone in need. Let's all follow their example. 

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