Saturday I spoke at the Family Circle Ceremony at Childrens Mercy Hospital about our story of organ donation. The Ceremony started with pictures of the 2011 Donate Life Rose bowl Parade Float. This year's theme was "Seize the Day" and was a kite design. Scott Seetin, kidney recipient, spoke about helping with and riding on the float along with his story of receiving a kidney. There were three news stations in attendance and I did an interview with KCTV5. I have not found the link to that story, but here is a link to one on Fox 4.
Also, here are a few of my words from my speech.
"Organ donation has always been something that I felt strongly about. From the time I was 16 I made sure the back of my driver's license was signed and told my parents that I wanted to donate if something should happen. After Marc and I were married, I let him know my wishes and we agreed that donation was something we would do for each other. We never could have imagined that it would be our little girl's organs we would donate instead of ours."
"After the mind-numbing shock of losing our daughter wore off, the giving the gift of life brought not only tears to our eyes, but also smiles to our faces. Somehow, knowing a part of our Abby lives on, improving the life of someone else, brings a certain feeling of comfort. It is a comfort that brings a sense of purpose from our tragedy. No matter if I am speaking to offenders at prisons as a victim of a crime, to high school students about drinking and driving, to people about the Abrielle Neff Foundation established in her memory, or to other grieving families, the one fact I make sure I never leave out is that in death Abby was a hero. She saved lives through donation."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Preschool is currently gathering donations for the Foundation since Abby was a part of their class. Yesterday we made some purchases for Elly to take to school that included 3 stuffed animals, a baby doll, 2 card games, and 2 color wonder sets. Elly understood that these were for kids at the hospital, but kept trying to keep one for her own, which of course did not happen. She even tried this morning as we were sorting them into the separate boxes outside the classroom. Then we talked about all the pictures of Abrielle the teachers had put up. She pointed to each one, "That's Abby" "That's our Abby, right." "And there's Sissy too." "Who's that kitty?" We talked about each one of those little pictures. It really pleases me that she recognizes her big sis, even though sometimes she does think it is herself in the picture.