Day 19: Cindy
Shortly after we put out the call looking for people touched by organ donation to share their tattoo story, I heard form a woman named Cindy. Cindy shared the story of her son with me and sent a photo of her tattoo that represents her baby boy’s gift of life through death. Here is Cindy’s story…
“Our son tragically lost his life at the young age of 22 in June, 2012. Kirk Michael Schoonover was on an International Tractor with another farm hand when a selfish semi driver was texting while driving. This selfish act caused two innocent people their lives. Our son left behind his precious little girl, who speaks fondly of her Daddy daily. Our son donated the Gift of Life and helped several people to have a second chance at life. This tattoo is in Loving Memory of our Donor and all of the brave Donors nationwide.. Together the gift of giving can save lives♥”
Cindy’s Q&A responses are as follows:
When did you get your tattoo?
I got this tattoo on December 2,2013.
What is the meaning of this specific tattoo?
This ribbon is designed with butterflies and flowers. The blue butterfly is a symbol for organ donation and the color green is a symbol for organ donation as well.
At what point in your donation/transplantation journey did you know you wanted to get a tattoo?
I knew I wanted a tattoo supporting donation of life soon after our son became a donor.
What does the tattoo represent?
My tattoo represents our son Kirk Michael Schoonover.
How do you feel when you look at your tattoo?
I am reminded of our son and the generous gift he has passed on to many others question.
Are you asked about your tattoo often?
I am asked about my tattoo and what it represents very often and I continue to encourage everyone to be a donor.
Do you plan on getting any other tattoos related to your donation/transplantation journey?
I plan on getting another tattoo in the next couple weeks which will also be in support of donation of life.
Thank you so much for your story, Cindy and your selfless choice to donate your son’s organs in such a tragic loss.