It’s #givingtuesday, and I’m sure most of you are receiving fundraising requests from charities and non-profits from around the country. But today I have an intensely personal request. The ultimate ask. Here’s the backstory.
Two months ago, our healthy, vaccinated, tennis-playing 39-year-old daughter Katie had a breakthrough case of Covid. She was really sick for a month, and her doctor finally ordered lab work to be done. The next morning, she was sent to the emergency room, where doctors eventually diagnosed her with liver failure. Long story short, Katie is going to need a liver transplant.
Up to now, I’ve tried to keep Katie’s diagnosis private, because it’s not my story to tell. But in light of the journey she and so many other patients and their families are facing, I’ve decided to go public, in the hope that some good can come from her illness. So here’s the ask:
1. Consider signing up to become an #organdonor. Here’s a link to Organdonor.gov where you can register to become an organ donor in every state in the nation. Did you know you could provide life saving organs to as many as eight different people? Your decision to register could literally save a life. https://www.organdonor.gov/sign-up
2. Sign up here to give blood and/or platelets. The @americanredcross has reported an ongoing emergency blood shortage during the pandemic. https://www.redcrossblood.org/
3. Consider donating to an organ transplant nonprofit such as the @georgiatransplant foundation, which provides vital financial, educational and social resources to families facing organ transplants. https://gatransplant.org/
Our family is blessed to have the resources to help Katie on this long road, and we’re incredibly fortunate that Georgia’s only two liver transplant centers, Emory University Hosptial and Piedmont Hospital, are here in Atlanta where we live, but we know so many others aren’t as fortunate. Here's how you can help them.
Also, selfishly? We wouldn’t mind if you sent up a prayer for our girl.
Thanks in advance. And feel free to share. ...