Dave and Anita Boswell, donor parents and active volunteers with The Living Legacy Foundation, sent Charlie Alexander, our CEO, the following e-mail this morning asking us to take the time to remember their daughter Carrie on the anniversary of her donation. We felt it was beautifully written and asked permission to share it with all of you. Our thoughts are with Dave, Anita, Carrie and their family on this day, and we hope their e-mail touches you all as much as it touched us on this beautiful Wednesday morning. It is a true testament to how donation not only saves lives, but helps families heal after the loss of a loved one.
To our dear friend Charlie and all of his team,
Our daughter, Carrie, became an organ donor on May 25, 2001.
Since that time, The Living Legacy Foundation and each and every member of your staff have been instrumental in our recovery.
We can’t explain what it means to lose a child and I pray no one else has to suffer such a devastating blow. Yet we’re doing ok. LLF has been a large part of that. Through LLF we have, for example, met Carrie’s lung recipient and her family. Meeting Debbie Thompson and seeing the direct result of Carrie’s gift has been overwhelming and allows us to see our daughter for the hero she is and celebrate the joy of her recipient and her family.
We cherish being a part of the LLF family as well. Each and every LLF staffer has been more than gracious and comforting when we needed it.
Also, meeting the members of Team Maryland and being able to attend the Transplant Games has given us the chance, many times, to see the wider recipient community and it renews our enthusiasm for the donation process.
The volunteer speaking I do on behalf of organ donation has continued to be cathartic – I walk out of each presentation walking on air, knowing that, perhaps, I’ve made a difference.
Please extend our thanks to all of the folks at LLF, past and present, who have helped us find a way to get through this and move on.
Should you choose to do a little something in memory of our dear girl, we’d suggest a minute of silence at noon, or another convenient time, on the 25th.
Dave and Anita