An Open Letter To My Donor Family

“I can never forget someone who gave me so much to remember forever. Each heart beat is filled with gratitude and love!” ~ DAP

Today, May 10, 2014 marks the 7th anniversary of the death of my anonymous donor. The words that follow are for the family that gave everything on that day.

I was unconscious and near death laying in a hospital that tragic day, May 10, 2007, when your son-daughter-brother-sister-husband-wife gave everything. Your loss was tragic and heart breaking and I mourn with you each and every day.

Each and every day, I pray for this person that gave me a happy, loving heart … and ultimately saved my life.

Each and every day, I pray for the family of this magnificent person and hope God is blessing them.

Each and every day, I give thanks to God, to my donor and to my donor family. It is a deep and complete feeling of gratitude that most would never comprehend.

Each and every day, I weep for you, and I grieve with you.

Each and every day, I am in awe of your loved one. To have their heart beating in my chest. It is a privilege and an honor to be the guardian of their heart and their love.

Each and every day I think of you, the family ….. and I hold those thoughts close to my heart for you to hear the beautiful rhythm of life and love.

Each and every day I know that from your tragedy, sprung hope for another family, my own family. And, I am responsible for passing along that hope to others, each and every day.

Thank you so much for giving me the ultimate gift … you gave me life!

May God Bless you always.

Love always, DAP


Each and every day

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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5 Responses to An Open Letter To My Donor Family

  1. Michael Thomas says:

    Don, congratulations on the seventh anniversary of your heart transplant, I hope you are feeling well and your transplant goes on for many years to come.I also want to comment on the beautiful heartfelt letter above, written to your donor family, it was very moving for me. I know where you are writing from and how difficult it is to put into words a feeling of gratitude that defies comprehension.Best of luck to you and your family in the future.
    Michael Thomas
    Thirteen year heart transplant recipient (2001)

  2. DAP says:

    Michael, thanks for your comment. As you are well aware, our “anniversaries” are often bittersweet. But, we push on and try to honor our donors daily. Best of luck to you and your family as well and may God always watch over you!! ~ D

  3. You are correct Don we try to pay-it-forward every day in honor of our donors and their families- we cannot forget, the feeling of indebtedness is so overwhelming ! Hopefully all donors are resting in peace and their families have found relief from there grief.
    Thanks for the kind words and the prayer,I wish you and yours good health and God’s Blessings as well

  4. Jeri' Wiliams says:

    I wish you were my sons recipient.
    He was an organ donor aug 13th 2012.
    I would so love to know the man that received his heart. I have tries to reach out to him but have not heard anything.
    Prayers for you –
    God Bless you.

    • DAP says:


      Thank you so much for your comment. Please know that your son was a TRUE HERO. I will not forget him nor his selflessness. Do not give up, I suggest you write to the recipient family through your local “OPO” (Organ Procurement Organization) and maybe he will respond. God Bless!

      ~ D

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