How My Son Got A New Liver: A Picture of Hope

April is National Donate Life Month and Bunny, Pip, and I want you to be very aware because without organ donation and transplant, Pip wouldn’t be with us today.

More than 115,000 men, women, and children need life-saving organ transplants right now and every 10 minutes, another name is added to the list. An average of 18 people die each day waiting for organs.

This month, I’m gonna tell Pip’s story – a little bit every day. We need to improve these statistics. Learning more and talking more and sharing more is the first step.

A Picture of Hope

There are moments of clarity that happen in life when you are able to set your priorities straight and see what truly matters and let go of the rest.

It would be great if the clarity stayed with you forever but the daily struggles of life will distract you and wear you down until there is another wake-up call.

The world is beautiful and ugly and wondrous and terrifying and predictable and strange and tiny and vast all at the same time.

And nothing illustrates the marriage of great joy and gut-wrenching tragedy better than transplant.  Nothing shows us more clearly how connected we are to one another.  Nothing better illustrates how we are, as humans, both impossibly fragile and unimaginably strong.

Except an event like today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

If you spent any time on social media today, if you watched the news tonight, you saw repeated horrible images of the most terrifying aspects of the world we live in.  So tonight, I’ll take a break from Pip’s transplant story to show you an image of hope.

This is a photo of five children I adore.  Two of them are alive today, and safe and sound in their beds tonight,  because of the miracle of transplant.

The Martin and Benjamin kids



It doesn’t discount the mind-boggling cruelty of today’s events to acknowledge that, in this world, random tragedy and serendipity often go hand in hand.  With acts of extreme cowardice, we see extraordinary feats of bravery.  Without experiencing great sorrow, you might not even recognize great joy.  When we learn of a calamity, we experience a precious moment of clarity.

Take it.  It’s a gift.


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