Friday, April 15, is National Donate Life Day, also known as Blue & Green Day, which fits in very nicely with our Netsmart colors! It is a day about promoting organ, eye, and tissue donations (http://donatelife.net/blue-green-day/). As most of you know, my youngest son, Ryan, took his own life June 2013, when he was 18 years old. As horrible as that was, we were able to donate his organs, which really helped a lot knowing that something good could come out of something so tragic.
I have attached a “Because of Ryan” PowerPoint presentation that one of his friends made and showed at his funeral. It highlights how many people he was able to help. Also attached is a picture of me with his heart recipient. I was honored to meet Beverly this past November. It was wonderful and heart breaking at the same time. She brought a stethoscope, so I was able to listen to his heart! The last attachment is a shadow box that I made a couple of years ago that highlights his donations. I’ll have that sitting on the “accounting table”, if you want to stop by.
For all those people that are on an organ waiting list, every day really does matter! Please consider being an organ donor. You can register at http://donatelife.net/ and click on the “Register Now” button.
-Linda Hill, Netsmart Accounting