It was two months ago Tuesday that Jill passed away. Ali brought it to my attention on Tuesday. I think Jill’s passing has affected Ali the most out of our family. She and Jill had a special relationship…they called each other “cousins.” Ali has Jill’s full name on her cell phone main screen, written on the outside of her cell phone, in her bedroom, on her school notebooks, and even did a special tribute to Jill on facebook.
Zach had soccer practice on Tuesday, and I couldn’t help but think of Jill the whole time. It was nice enough to walk outside during practice. Jill and I, and even some other moms at times, would walk during practice. I think that’s when I got to know Jill the best. Huffing and puffing together as we would briskly walk the high school track. 🙂 I really missed her Tuesday as I walked alone. There was a track meet taking place at the track, so I just walked the campus roads and in the parking lot. I decided instead of being sad, I would use that time to pray for Brian, Alex, Jill’s family, and Brian’s family. It was refreshing to do so.
It dawned on me this week that I don’t believe I’ve ever shared here that Jill’s life will continue through her donation of her organs. Five of her organs were harvested and given to those needing them. A couple of them went to different parts of the country and three of them stayed here locally. Five people now have a better physical life because of Jill.
We can all choose to be organ donors. I did a search and found the site where one can register to be an organ donor. I found some great information…here’s something I didn’t know…Each day, about 77 people receive organ transplants. However, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. The organ donor website is: http://www.organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm. I registered yesterday! 🙂
I’m sure it has comforted Brian and Alex, and the rest of their family, knowing that Jill’s life has been, and will be, celebrated and appreciated in many ways with many people…especially in the lives of the five organ recipients!
Jill did NOTHING half-way…and donating her organs was just another way of her living life full-out!!
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