Being an organ donor can bring the gift of life to so many others
Are you aware April is Donate Life Month? Did you know there are over 100,000 people (children, young adults, middle age and older, male, female) waiting for that gift of life?
Thirty percent will die waiting. Why? Not enough donors!
When it's time to leave this earth and return to God, we leave behind our body that housed our soul and still contains the organs that can give the gift of life to others.
On June 12, 2010, a young woman's spirit returned to God and she gave that gift to others. I was blessed by God and her gift and given a second breath when I became the recipient of a double lung transplant at UCSF.
After several hours in surgery, I awoke in recovery June 13, 2010. It
was to be a long road home, but a wonderful blessed trip.
April 12 of last year may have found me bedridden in the hospital
(not local) and a doctor telling me I needed to get a do not resuscitate
order. However, my doctors and UCSF did not give up and because of them
and their determination and that wonderful gift of life, my birthday,
April 13, was not be spent in bed or having passed. Rather I was out and
about walking and encouraging others to give that gift and raising
I am a part of the UCSF family and now belong to its research program
for lung disease in hopes that I can make a difference and give the
gift of life to someone else.
Please consider giving the gift of life and may God bless you!
Catherine "Cat" Knutson
No words to explain grief in the poisoning of a beloved canine
On Sunday, April 10, Luna passed away with systemic organ failure,
following a malicious poisoning a few days prior.
Someone who would do this kind of act is a cruel, malicious and evil
scourge. It is beyond all reason that someone would attack an innocent
and beautiful being this way, and to also harm us by killing our best
friend and companion.
For those of you reading this who knew Luna, will remember her
joyfulness and loving heart. She was loved by all. Luna came to us as a
rescue dog in 2003, and instantly became part of our family. She loved
life, and being a part of everything we did. She was so thankful to be
here as we were to have her beautiful spirit brightening every day with
joyfulness and her abiding love.
There are no words to express the grief we feel for her loss. Every
once in awhile a rare being becomes part of one's life, whether a human
or animal companion; one that brings goodness and light, and is a great
And so we are left with the memories of Luna, and everywhere she
walked and played, slept and shared our lives. The places in the garden
where we would be together cultivating and working the soil and caring
for the plants.
She loved the beaches, rivers, hiking, people and most of all the
life we shared together. On a difficult day she was always there,
steady, constant and loving, reminding us of joy and being present. That
is indeed a spiritual gift. I often called her the "angel in a dog
suit," for she was a great being of a higher consciousness.
Our family will miss her greatly and never forget her. Our hearts are
broken. Namaste Luna, thank you for gracing our life with so much
love. We will always remember you.
Crescent City survived the 1964 tsunami and it will survive again
Thank you for your coverage on the damage done to the harbor and the
fishing boats in Crescent City.
I lived in Crescent City from 1963 to 1985 and have seen not only the
boat basin being built, but have seen the many boats ride high upon the
water, proudly providing not only a living to some, but also an
enjoyment to others.
To see the remains of these boats brought to the surface is sad for
all who remember them when they were working fishing boats. It is like
finding a loved one who has perished in the sea, as a past resident of
They have survived through the 1964 tsunami, they will survive again.
I pray for Japan, weep for its loss of life and have praise for the
heroism of its people.
Sue A. Hardie