An Incredible Event

Yesterday I was honored to be able to attend an event sponsored by our local OPO (Organ Procurement Organization), LifeBanc, which in the NE Ohio area. “The Gift of Life Walk & Run” is an event to raise $$$ for LifeBanc and also to increase awareness in regard to organ donation. 

I walked on a team with 7 other heart transplant recipients and many of their family members. It was an incredible group of people at an awesome event. We walked in memory of another recipient that passed away this past year. He was truly a friend to all and we all miss him tremendously. 

I was in total awe of the “Legacy Garden” they had set up to honor our donors and donor families. The ceremony to open the garden was incredible. A donor mother opened the ceremony with a moving talk, followed by a poem. The ceremony concluded with a moment of solemn silence and then music and a balloon launch by recipients and donors and their families. I was totally awe stuck and the hair on the back of my neck stood up as a chill ran through me on a hot, humid morning. A friend of mine described it this way …… “Watching 100’s of balloons fly off into the clouds while “It’s a Beautiful Day” by U2 plays in the background is one of my Top 10 moments in life.” 

I’m a lot older than the friend that made that comment, but I agree it was in the top 20 events I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. Later as I walked quietly through the garden I was lost in my thoughts and my tears cooled my face. 

I am truly BLESSED …. and again I affirm my love for my anonymous donor and donor family. I give thanks every day for my incredible blessings ask God daily to bless you always! 

Usually I try to post one picture that relates to my post. But today, I’m posting a number of pictures as this incredible event warrants this much space on my blog. 

Legacy Garden 


Garden II



Garden III



Legacy Garden IV



Balloon Launch I



Balloons II









Rowdy Heart Recipients



Some of the Rowdy Heart Recipients Team (Yours truly left - rear)

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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9 Responses to An Incredible Event

  1. deb says:

    beautiful ceremony, very touching

  2. cara says:

    Wow ! Amazing … The gardens were so touching. I am speechless …

  3. Rise' says:

    Thank you for sharing this very touching day with us. I am going to forward your blog to the Transplant Foundation. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to our donors and their families.
    God Bless You DAP for highlighting and sharing this with the world.


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