Our town, as I have mentioned earlier, is a very small town, just recently experiencing growing pains. If you have lived here for any length of time, you know most of the people here. This person went to school with my children and we have maintained a relationship with most of the children in the family. We are all devastated that this has happened to him and that something like this has happened in our pristine little town.
The rest of the story is that I have a niece who is dying of Kidney disease. The family contacted us to see if it could be arranged for her to receive his kidneys if they are a match. After multitudes of phone calls between here and Oregon where my niece lives, we just found out that the hospital the young man is in has already arranged for a recipient here. My heart is breaking because my nieces chance is gone at this time, and because this family is losing their son, brother tonight. I am rejoicing because he will go on living in others who need him so desperately in order to continue to live. It is so hard to know one person has to die so another can live. (Just thought of Jesus as I wrote this. He did die so we can have eternal life.)
Prayers tonight for the family especially. For whomever will receive his organs, and for a donor for my niece in time to save her life.
P.S. I cannot donate because of having had hepatitis as a child.