Recently, in our Annual Full Staff Meeting here at Gift of Life, we were tasked with creating a Superhero that represents our department. This was easy for us… we did not need to invent a fictional character because we work with real-life superheroes every day. Below is the description of our personal superheroes… Donor Family Members.
Donor families have an origin story much like the stories of superheroes that we have all heard. The ability to be a donor family is born through trauma, sheer chance, and many families mention that donation feels like it was meant to be or “their destiny,” as donation embodies the spirit in which their loved one lived. Like Superheroes; donor families have the ability to make and keep a promise through donor designation and authorization.
Donor families have the super powers of compassion and selflessness. They have great courage to share their story with us as well as the greater community. Although they may look soft, broken and helpless they are brave and strong.
All of us in our roles at GLDP are “sidekicks” to our donor families. We provide them with the support they need to rise to the occasion to fulfill their destiny and become a superhero.
Donor families don’t wear a special uniform, they are everyday people, just like you or I. They are members of our community, members of our family and people that rise above the pain and despair to become “their super-selves” despite all they have been through.
Donor families save lives through honoring donor designation and authorization, by thinking of others, and saying ‘yes’ to donation. They share their stories of their loved one’s life and donation which empowers others, which in turn, saves more lives.
Thank you Donor Families!