Donating the gift of life

St. Charles Herald-Guide | AnneThibodeaux 

When Cameron’s mother put a stethoscope to Jamie Napolitano’s chest and heard her son’s beating heart, it was a powerfully defining moment about the importance of organ donation for both donor family and recipient.

“They were so gracious,” Napolitano recalled of meeting the parents of then 19-year-old Cameron whose organs saved many people. “You always worry as a recipient whether they’re glad they made this decisions and am I doing what they want to honor this gift. When we met in person, they said to me, ‘Jaime, we feel this is just the way God intended it to be.’”

The significance of receiving a heart and all it has brought to her life has remained so important to this Destrehan resident, who has become devoted to raising awareness about organ donation.

To further the cause, Napolitano is raising funds to return to next year’s Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio, an Olympic-style event for organ recipients and living donors. Anytime Fitness in Destrehan is holding Ride for Life events where participants ride stationary bikes as fundraisers. Continue reading

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