“As hard as it’s been for them, I can see how much they can see something positive in what’s happened.”
– William Lewis
William and Kimberly Lewis began talking about organ donation in the late 1990s when both had relatives on the transplant waiting list.
“There are so many in the black community in need of organ donations, but not many of us agree to donate,” William says. “After discussing and praying about it, we decided, ‘Let’s just do this, and then if something happens, we’ll be able to help people.’”
That lifesaving help came for recipients in September 2014 when Kimberly died suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
“My kids are grieving, too, but to see their mom’s name on the donor memorial wall and to make ornaments in her memory at Christmas has really helped them,” William said. “As hard as it’s been for them – and it’s been very difficult – I can see, particularly with my older ones, how much they can see something positive in what’s happened.”
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