My little brother, Geoff, was the life of any get-together. He was a sweet man with a sense of humor that just wouldn’t quit. He was trustworthy and knew how to bring people together. He was extraordinarily intelligent – was a valued mechanical engineer at Ingall’s Shipbuilding. It was a total shock to my family when we got the call from Singing River Hospital. He was only 49 years old. In the midst of our heartbreak, came a glimmer of hope & some sense to the madness. G. was brain dead, and while there was no hope for HIS life in this world, his body could extend the lives of several others. When we received the lovely medallion from MORA and the letter describing the people’s lives his donations had saved, I can’t express the relief I felt. I felt absolute joy to hear about these dear people who had been helped merely by the fact that my brother had lived first. I’m a registered donor in my state of Florida. It is a small price to pay for the extension of the life of another.
Hi! I’m Matthew Darling! On the surface, I am a normal person. I am a college student, I participate in theater, choir, and several other activities around my college campus, but what many people do not know is that 16 years ago, I may have not had the chance to experience all the joys and struggles that life brings. At the age of three, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, a diagnosis that would change the course of my life, as well as the lives of those around me. When I arrived at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in November 1997, I was days, if not hours, away from dying. I was immediately placed on hemodialysis, and began a long extended stay at the hospital. After months of testing, I received a kidney. On March 3, 1998, my dad donated his kidney to me. Fast foreword 16 years later, and I am now a biology major, with an intent to become a doctor. Transplantation gave me hope, life, and a purpose in this world. Become a donor, and change a life in more ways than one.