I had never planned to include so much of our personal story in my transplant research series, but feedback from the peer reviewers during the CIHR award application process prompted me to reconsider. They wanted to hear more about Addison and said there was a great opportunity to generate more awareness. At the same time, Aaron and I had been discussing the upcoming opportunity to meet Felicia, our donor mom, face-to-face at the Donate Life Walk in Santa Clara. Aaron just looked at me and said, “If this wasn’t your own story, of course you would want to shoot it and use it in your series.” He was absolutely right.
All these years as a journalist, I have asked so many people to bare their souls, share their deepest fears, witness personal triumphs, shed tears of sadness and joy…all while a camera is rolling. So now it’s my turn. Thank you so much for the tweets, emails and messages of support. You make me feel empowered that we are making a difference.
Watch the first story in my transplant research series HERE. And in case you missed it in the previous post, you can donate to The Addison Fund for transplant research HERE. This is going to be a life-long project for the McYongs so I welcome any suggestions on how we can make this happen.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison