We have truly been touched by the heartfelt comments, emails and messages from our friends and Global viewers since Addison’s story aired on the News Hour. It isn’t easy to bare your soul in front of a camera but Aaron and I feel strongly this is an important part of our role as Addison’s parents. So with the hundreds of new readers of this blog, I am hoping we can parlay that into a wave of support for those important organizations which help save lives every day.
Please sign up to be an organ donor if you haven’t already. But even more important, discuss organ donation with your family. Let them know your wishes and talk about your choice. Include younger members of the family too…you might be surprised at how much they understand. Addison’s 7-year old cousin explained all about heart transplants to her school friends.
Consider donating blood. Neither Aaron nor I have ever donated blood but as soon as I am done breastfeeding (you can’t donate blood while breastfeeding), we are going to give the gift of life. The amount of blood products Addison needed while in ICU was astounding.
Support BC Children’s Hospital. They are a second family to us and the amazing staff there cared for her as if she was one of their own. They perform miracles there every single day. Without their expertise, we would have had to go to Edmonton for Addison’s care. You can also take it one step further – literally. Follow Global BC cameraman Sergio Magro’s path and sign up for Grind For Kids. Donations go to support the Cardiology department at the new Children’s Hospital (which Addison will be using a LOT).
Come out to the First Annual Children’s Organ Transplant Society Walk on Sunday September 25th at the Richmond Oval. Aaron, Addison and I will be there to support all the transplant families in BC.
Thank you so much for all your love and support.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison