Ryan Bologna: The Impact of Organ Donation on My Family

Patricia and Robert Brooks 

Last week we heard a story about what happened after my former Greenwich High School classmate Carey Lecamp passed away.

Carey was an organ donor, saving the lives of six people. This is a great story that shows how good of a person Carey was and how he saved lives.

This is a chance for me to share what kind of impact organ donation has made on my family.

My grandmother was in need of a kidney transplant. She was lucky enough to receive one and wrote a letter expressing her to the donor family. Not only did it lengthen her life, but also she wouldn’t have seen as much of her grandchildren’s lives as she would have without the transplant.

On July 1, 2001 her husband of 37 years – my grandfather – had a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away.

My family brought up the possibility of him being an organ donor, and what could be used was taken. My grandmother wrote in the letter to her donor family, “It was terribly difficult for me, because I was always the one who was sick in recent years and relied on him a lot.” Continue reading
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