“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

~ Calvin Coolidge

I have been a registered organ donor since it was first permitted by law in my state, around the early to mid-1980’s. The day and date were never important to me. What was important was the conversation that we had as a family. The CEO of My2ndHeartBeat was in total agreement with becoming an organ donor and we expressed our wishes to our then teenage son, so he knew how we came to my decision and why we were telling him.

It was a very simple decision. I worked in a dangerous area of a factory where industrial accidents could happen at the blink of an eye. Explosions, fires, fork trucks, cranes and a litany of other potential dangers lurked behind every machine, every doorway. If anything happened, I certainly didn’t want to take anything with me that could save other people.


That little tiny red heart on my driver’s license has been a small badge of honor that I’ve always been proud of. Never once, in the following 2+ decades, did I ever think of, or imagine that I’d be the one NEEDING a transplant. But there I was, years later, lying in a bed, as my life swirled around and down the proverbial drain ….. one breath, one heart beat from death when someone else saw that being a donor was also an HONOR.

That person, anonymous to me is my HERO and I try to HONOR their life daily. I was blessed that day. I thank God and this person many times daily and ALWAYS will!

Please do the HONORABLE thing and register to be an organ donor.


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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1 Response to Honor

  1. txbuddies says:

    Another heartfelt beautiful post from you.
    Keep on writing!

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