Regardless of where you are in the world this week there has been news of yet another high school tragedy over the past two days. My2ndHeartBeat headquarters is a little over an hour away from the site of this horrific event where, at this point, 3 young people have passed away, slain by a classmate toting a gun.

Our local news has been covering this event almost non-stop since it all began yesterday morning. The news coverage has been, for the most part, excellent. The raw emotions of those involved, the classmates of the fallen students, their families and friends, the educators, the police …. it’s been VERY emotional for me.

I guess it goes back to my career, where I needed to stay in touch always ….. I still HAVE to HAVE my finger on the pulse at all times. Thus, I have a “smart” phone and I can constantly be in touch with family, friends, my transplant center, Twitter, Facebook and the list goes on. Usually, it’s quite helpful to me, but this evening it forced a small meltdown in the middle of a restaurant.

I was out to dinner with CEO, CFO and head boss here at My2ndHeartBeat … also know as my wife. She left the table for a couple of  minutes, so I decided to check the latest news and I see the below news item from our local OPO (Organ Procurement Organization), LifeBanc, where they reported that 2 of the fallen young men’s families have donated their organs. To do this in the middle of such a terrible tragedy became very difficult to deal with, and as my grand son says, “my eyes got all sweaty” ….. in other words, I shed a few tears right at the table.

This is truly a senseless act of violence, with a horrific outcome …… yet, a small ray of sunshine that has peaked out of this storm ….. the possibility that MANY lives can be saved by these two young men, is almost incomprehensible. Yet these two young HEROIC men and their families will NEVER be forgotten by a LOT of people …. the recipients and their families …. I can assure you of that.

The families of ALL those involved are in my prayers and may God Bless each and every one of them. This includes not only the families of the fallen students, but also the educators that were involved in some VERY heroic acts.


If you are NOT a registered donor, please consider it, as you can see …. life can and does change in a split second!

Here’s the link to LifeBanc’s story …..

May God Bless ALL of Our Donors!!



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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