When Patrick was listed for his transplant, we all, kids included, went through the Donate Life training program to become Ambassadors. We also took training course on how to give high school presentations about organ donation.
We did several local events as a family. Then when Patrick passed away, I had to take a break from it for a little while. This is something he and I did together, and it was to hard to do without him.
So the kids found other ways to raise awareness. They've made posters for different events we have gone to, including the Rose Parade. Robbie made a video asking people to sign up to be organ donors as a birthday present to him.
Now they've stepped it up. They did their own version of the 1 million likes posters you see on Facebook.
Instead of asking for something for themselves, they are asking for 1 million likes for awareness for organ donation and congenital heart defects. 2 things that are very important to our family. (Patrick was born with a CHD and received a transplant a month before he died.)
I was impressed with the response and in just over a day they got 250,000 likes. They also got the attention of the media.
This afternoon they did an interview with local reporter and the story is supposed to air tomorrow night. ABCnews.com also messaged me asking for permission to use the picture and to get some background info on my the kids decided to do this.
I have always know my kids were awesome, but they continue to amaze me with their strength and their drive to continue to do what we started with Patrick.