Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Heart of a Giver

This morning, I watched an extremely touching story of parents who donated the heart of their thirteen year old daughter, Taylor. Taylor was tragically killed in a skiing accident. Not only did they want to use their daughter's heart to save a life...but they wanted to meet the recipient of the heart...and they did.

My words can't do this story justice. I think you need to watch the video. Be sure to have Kleenex close by!

The parents truly exemplify the love and sacrifice of a true giver. They are great role models and truly bring life to the title of my book, "Give to Live".

Donating an organ may not be the thing a person wants to do or can do, but there is something that each of us can give, a way for each of us to serve humanity today.

Thank you for all you do recognized and unrecognized. It is giving people like you and the people you surround yourself with that will create a world of love and kindness.

Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S. Check out the website Taylor's Gift Foundation her parents created to encourage organ donations:

Don't forget to share these messages and this affirmation with every one you know. We can never stop giving!


DianeM said...

Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational story. It makes me think even more that we all can find ways to share our hearts--even if not literally.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Rick,
You were right! Tissue is needed for this story. These two families are remarkable. I noticed the cross hanging on the wall near the recipients kitchen.

Marsha T.