Apr 16, 201302:58 PM24 Hour Woman
A working mom's blog
The Gift of Life
It’s a day when time stood still. One of those awful, gut wrenching days when you receive a phone call and everything changes.
I remember it like it was yesterday. The sun was shining, it was an early morning, and it was starting out to be a nice day. Then the phone rang. It was the mother of my best friend, telling me that her son had been in a four-wheeler accident and wasn’t expected to live. After that, it was all a blur, as I made my way to the hospital to hold his two little girls in my arms. Todd Setzke was only 34 years old when he died. He left behind his two little girls, family, friends and me. Todd and I had dated for three years and remained best friends even after we broke up.
I gave the eulogy at his funeral. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but I did it for his daughters, Bailey and Jessica. The four of us had so many wonderful times together, but my favorite memories were when all of us would dance in his living room. Todd was born with a song in his heart, and he loved to dance, especially with his girls. We lost him 12 years ago and this week family members and friends are honoring his memory in a special way.
Todd was an organ donor. His organs went on to help 95 people. It’s truly amazing if you think about it. 95 people whose lives were made better because one man said yes to be an organ donor. He helped so many, from a teenage boy who received part of his liver, to a police officer who was injured in the line of duty. His sister Christy and others plan to celebrate Todd’s life by spreading the word about the importance of organ donations this Friday, April 19th, which is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day.
I know Todd would be proud.
Todd has inspired me to become an organ donor. He taught me so many lessons in his life that I plan to share with my children.
Todd was a man who loved life, lived it to the fullest and brought joy into the lives of everyone around him. He always had a smile on his face, no matter what life threw at him. He loved his little girls unconditionally and with all his heart. He made life fun. He also taught me that in an instant, everything could change, so we need to embrace life and cherish every moment.
I love knowing that Todd lives on, through his organ donations, through those who loved him and through his two precious daughters.
April is National Donate Life Month and this Friday, April 19th is National Wear Blue & Green Day.
To learn more about organ donations, go to www.donatelife.net. It’s also important to know, even if you have an organ donor sticker on your license, your family can still say no. It is important to talk to your family about your decision to become an organ donor.