Friday, November 2, 2012

Donate to the Super Hero Project for Organ Donation

As many of you know, in May, my family lost our 18 month old son and baby brother, Dastan, to a seizure brought on by a viral infection. We donated his organs. His heart and liver went to little girls, and his kidneys went to a 69 year old woman.

That's Dastan -- DAZ -- in the video, dancing with us just a couple of weeks before he passed. He LOVED those Batman Crocs.








We have been blessed by an overwhelming response from family and friends who support us not only in our time of grieving, but in looking forward to the cause of Organ Donation.

We are establishing a non-profit to begin work with organ donors, with a goal of providing assistance for donor families, who are left with many of the same bills as a recipient family, and must further bear the loss of a loved one.

Our first event is the Walk for Hope on Saturday, November 3, at Meadowmere Park in Grapevine, TX. So much thanks goes out to our friend Kim Wolfe, who has organized funding for the walk, and to my wife, Amanda, who has tirelessly pushed to get this moving forward. Both of them are forging partnerships that will make this foundation a huge success, and a brilliant reality.

You may not know this, but donors are in no way compensated for their loss. It is, in fact, ~illegal~, to reimburse donor families. Here is a good article, if you are up for some reading:

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/465739

It is our goal to provide a little assistance to the families, in the form of a donation, to help with such things as funeral costs, residual medical bills, counselling, and other expenses associated with the loss of a loved one.

Below is a way you can donate to our charity. The money will be used to cover legal costs associated with establishing the foundation, and start-up capital to help us forge partnerships with larger entities. Any residual donations will, once we are established, be legally disbursed to donor families, which is our end-goal.




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- Eric


Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novel Out of the Great Black Nothing. He is currently represented by Debrin Case at Open Heart Publishing. See more of Eric's work here: Publications

** ARE YOU AN ORGAN DONOR? ERIC IS! **

4 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Eric, that is wonderful! What an incredible thing to do for others.

And I've really missed your posts.

Jai Joshi said...

Eric, I won't be to join the walk this sat (I'm going to a phone bank) but I would love to attend any future events. Please do continue to let us know about them. I think this is such a noble cause and I'm, yet again, overwhelmed by the generosity and humanity your family is showing in the face of such tragedy as you suffered. Dastan lives on in this cause.

Jai

Unlocked said...

Eric, he was so adorable. My heart breaks watching this. I think you know I work for the blood bank, and we also partner with the marrow registry and organ donation programs. I am a strong believer in giving whatever we have within our exit to further the next breath of tomorrow. Well....back to my heart breaks for your family all over again!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Eric, today is the I Miss You Blogfest, and I wanted to let you know that you are very missed.