The last thing they are thinking about is organ donation.
But in August, in Nova Scotia, a 16 year old girl signed her donor form.
Three weeks later she was in a fatal car crash.
Her parents were with her when she signed that form (as they explained what it meant to be a donor) and were aware of her wishes. This beautiful (inside and out) and compassionate teenager donated her heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys.
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What is truly incredible is that despite the heart-wrenching grief that the parents were in, they were able to think of others and fulfill her wishes of donation. Not only that, but at her wake, the family handed out green organ donation ribbons and had an organ donor display table set up.
To the Whelan family - my heart thanks you.
People's lives were undoubtedly saved. Your daughter will live on through them.
As 1 of the 4000+ Canadians waiting for life-saving organs, I have a deep and everlasting appreciation for your altruism.
Your daughter is a hero.