The purpose of this blog, and I’m dedicating my life to it as well, is to help others that are on the long journey of organ transplants in any way I possibly can.
Today, I want to write a little about two kindred friends of mine and their beautiful organization. One I have met one in person, and one I know I will meet soon.
A little history ….. I initially met both of these beautiful ladies through the Internet. Both write their own blogs, and we all go to the same transplant center, so we are connected by more than electronic means.
These two ladies, Stephanie and Judy, are a real treat. Stephanie was transplanted about a year after I was and I had the pleasure of meeting her recently, and Judy is currently waiting on her new heart, which will hopefully happen very soon. Judy and Stephanie both had cancer as children. The won the battle against cancer, but the cost was extreme damage to their hearts later. I have met a number of people who have had heart transplants, due to cancer treatments.
Stephanie and Judy have created an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. I personally know how difficult that is as years ago I sat on a board of directors for a non-profit. The hours and hours it took to get the organization up and running were startling, so I know they have a huge personal as well as emotional investment in their non-profit ……. I’ll let them explain it ~
myHeart, yourHands, Inc. [MHYH] is an independent, not for profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization envisioned and established by Judy Bode and Stephanie Zimmerman, adult women who have enjoyed FULLNESS of LIFE well beyond diagnoses of childhood cancer and amidst a myriad of late effects of treatments received decades ago to cure their individual cancers.
MHYH is committed to planting and cultivating seeds of hope [and] future into the lives of individual survivors of cancer.
Some eye-opening statistics are that 11,200 children per year are diagnosed with cancer, 75% will win that battle and 40% will develop a life debilitating condition from the treatments used. As of today, there are 3,157 people waiting for a new heart in the U.S.
For me, this was an eye-opening and if you have a few extra dollars to help them, I’d highly recommend any donation to this wonderful organization. They can be reached through their website (you can also donate through their site) ~ http://www.myheartyourhands.org/
Also, if you are a registered organ donor I thank you. If you aren’t please consider registering here ~ http://www.organdonor.gov/index.html