The last words I heard my sister, Sarah, say were on my birthday in June 2013. She called and I was at a noisy restaurant with some friends, and she shouted on the phone to me, “I love you, I can’t wait to see you soon!” I was so happy we would be celebrating together that coming weekend with my family in New York City.
A few days later, Sarah was hit by a car while crossing the street in Brooklyn on a rainy night. She was 23 years old. My family had never discussed the possibility of any of us donating our organs. Suddenly, we were faced with a big decision during a very difficult time as we prayed together and said our final goodbyes to Sarah. When we talked to the organ donor team at the hospital, we listened and asked lots of questions, but we all immediately knew in our hearts that if Sarah were able to speak, she would be say “yes, absolutely!”