One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a girl picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the girl he asked,
“Young lady, what are you doing?”
The girl replied,
“Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.”
The man laughed to himself and said,
“Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!”
After listening politely, the little girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf. Then smiling she said,
“I made a difference for that one!”This is Julie’s starfish. I’m not going to lie, I got teary eyed (actually I might have just gotten teary eyed as I typed this out) because it was at this point that I realized that someone finally “got it” even if he didn’t fully understand it. Even if you can’t donate an organ to someone, I want to encourage you to take the time and figure out how you can make a difference for someone! And if you’re interested in becoming a living donor, you can register here or contact me with any questions you might have!
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