, Muskogee, OK

January 21, 2014

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Organ donation truly is honorable

— The last sentence of the Jan. 7 editorial stated, “It’s the honorable thing to do,” in the save a life and be an organ donor article.

That is more profound than some people may realize, and certainly far more reaching in the lives of recipients.

To honor is to respect, and that attitude is what keeps organ and tissue recipients going.

One who receives such a gift of life is aware of that every day of their life, and will attempt to preserve the gift, whereby preserving not only their life, but honoring  the donor.  

Without honor and respect, there is no life, and each of us understands life in different ways from life experiences.

My children remember the day I experienced a cardiac arrest at home and remember the day I received my heart transplant 27 years ago. People in this community will say I remember that time!

My family has benefited from our  remaining whole through their childhood,  and today as they raise families knowing a donor played a huge role in  my existence  today.

We honor my transplant anniversary in some way as a family annually while I am aware of the donor every day.

My wife, Janice, is as close to my transplant  friends as I am, for she has lived the experience knowing the blessings we share.

Respect can be taught, it can be learned, and it most certainly can be lived.

Howard Little