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Letter to the WCP Editor- 8.09.12

Letter to the WCP Editor- 8.09.12

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 7:01 pm

To the Editor,
As most of you know, I drink coffee at Damron’s almost every morning. We had a tragedy a few days back, a Mr. Barry Gardner was killed in a motorcycle accident, he was just 40 years old.
He had a son, just 10 years old. This son, will now live with his paternal Grandfather. I didn’t know Barry. But, I know about Barry. He was a kind, sweet-spirited man and father. How do I know this? He was a total organ/tissue donor.
In his death, he saw an opportunity to give one more time. Being a total donor, he gave life in his death. The lives he will save and the lives he will give a better quality of life to are astronomical! Barry saw the need and decided to fill that need upon his death.
What a loving and caring thing to do! He leaves this world in an untimely death. His reward in heaven will be pure gold. To his family, I say this, “thank you” for allowing Barry to fulfill his wishes.
If you are reading this and haven’t signed your driver’s license to become an organ/tissue donor, I urge you to do so. As most of you know, I’m a heart-transplant patient. Most difficult for me to be unbiased.
Don’t take your organs to Heaven; Heaven knows we need them here! Barry Gardner is a true American hero. Give the gift of life, be an organ/tissue donor, it’s the Masonic thing to do.
Don V. Jones

WCP 8.09.12


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