Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kelsey's New Heart

May is a month of celebration.

On May 23, 2005 is the day Kelsey was given a second chance at life. That is the day she received her heart transplant. This event would not be possible if it were not for people that choose to be organ donors. In this case it was a parents decision to donate their child's organs so mine could live. I cannot write about this without crying. I cannot imagine the depth of pain that goes into losing a child. I almost lost Kelsey but I didn't. Every morning when I go into her room and wake her up to take all her medication I literally thank God that I have another day with her. That is how I look at life. As a gift. I don't know how much time I have with my family, I only know I will not take them for granted. I think about the heart that is inside Kelsey a lot. I don't know anything about this person. All I know is they were a teenager from Michigan. I wrote the family a letter to thank them for their selfless act but they did not respond. I don't know if I could respond if the situation were turned around. Would I want to speak to the family that has my child's heart? I just don't know.

All you have to do to become a donor is make sure it is checked on your drivers license and make your wishes known to someone. Did you know that one organ donor can save 8 lives?! You can make a difference. Please donate life.


  1. Kris..I can also go to and resister online. I am an organ donar and when Brandan went to get his drivers permit they asked him and without hesitation he said yes..I was very proud of him..I am so happy for you and Kelsey and I agree you never know how much time you have so always cherish the time you have. Kelsey has grown into a beautiful girl and she is very lucky to have you.

  2. Not sure what I did wrong but the last comment was from me: Tonya

  3. hey- Happy Heart Day!!! Kelsey looks so good in the picture! Kris I know how much this means to you--- I am already a donor...and if I was not- I would be, because of Kelsey!!!! God is sooo Good!! You my friend have handeled this like omg I dont even know how to say === but you have been awesome!! Be proud of yourself!!! Here's to many many many x's 60 Happy HEART Days!!!!!!! love ya!

  4. Thanks for the info Tonya. I had never heard of that website. I went on today and sent an email to them :)