Friday, August 27, 2010

Gift

A boy who gave so much not only while he was full of life and laughing but even in a time when death was at his door. At a very difficult stage of Max's final moments, Ryan and I were asked if we would like to donate some of Max's organs and tissues. My first reaction was to not want any harm or unnecessary disturbance to occur to the perfection that was Max. In that same instant, both Ryan and I asked ourselves what would Max want us to do. The thoughts that proceed a question like "What would Max do?" will only lead you in the right direction. Max was "that" kind of kid. Ryan and I are both extremely proud of the life Max led and also proud of the decision that he inspired us to make that day.
Here are the results of Max's decision....



24 comments:

Nathan said...

What a gift of love. Max touched thousands in his life and thousands more after his passing.

He will always be an amazing example of charity for me to look up to.

Rachael said...

What an incredible gift- So many people will forever be grateful for Max and also for you guys for making that difficult decision. What an amazing example of christ-like love.

Anonymous said...

How amazing!

-Lisa Chavez-Barlow

Ann said...

I will never forget the courage and character you and Ryan showed in making the decision to donate within minutes of learning that our Max wasn't going to live. I have never known a sadder or prouder moment.

elliott said...

I can't imagine how grateful those parents of that 11-month old girl must be right now, let alone all the other families. What an amazing gift Max has given. It's remarkable to think about the generations of people who will be blessed by your decision.

Lindsay and Family said...

Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your stories. Your family has been such a great example for so many people!

Erinn said...

You & your family are so brave. Max has changed more lives than you could have ever imagined.

Em N. said...

And he just keeps giving...
I'm sure that was a difficult decision but wow, you must feel so very proud. xoxo

Kyle and Whitney said...

That is amazing. You guys are sooo strong. How awesome to know where all of Max's donations went and the stories that went with it. What a gift!

Anonymous said...

Amazing

Kimberly said...

I cried all the way through this. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Meagan said...

Leanne, thank you so much for sharing this. I have been reading your blog faithfully over the last almost 2 months and I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, that you are my hero. I cry through nearly every post and I walk away feeling inspired and uplifted. You truly are remarkable, as is your entire family. Max has left a legacy that will never be forgotten. I have no doubt that he was "that" kind of boy. I continue to think about you guys constantly. Thank you for sharing your sweet and strong spirit with all of us. Much love.

Megs said...

I agree whole-heartedly with Meagan. I've had the same thoughts. Thank you for sharing this, what a great gift that was extended to those who needed it most.

Emily said...

Love you guys so much! Thanks for sharing these letters.

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of your strength and faith. You are an inspiring woman. Thank you for your blog.

Susie Buelna said...

Leanne-You are truly an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing yourself with us all. I think of all of you often and while I too find myslef crying after each post they are tears shed not only for your loss but for the strength that you and Ryan show each and every day. Your writings have been an inspiration to each and every one of us...thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

A few years ago, my sister received a lung transplant that saved her life.

Thank you for your spirit and your courage. You are so strong and loving.

Meiken said...

I cannot imagine how difficult this decision was, but how touching to read those letters. You and Ryan are such great examples of strength. I am sure you did exactly what Max would have wanted. Love you.

Meghann said...

Tears- and no words. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Even in the face of tragedy you said yes to giving your son's organs to other children in need. Those children may not have ever had a chance without your Max. What incredible parents you are and an amazing son you had. May God grant you peace until you are reunited.

I loved reading your posts about your family trip. What a beautiful family you have.

Susan K. said...

Every day, I drive down Cassidy St., past the school where my children had been students, and our nephew Jonah still attends. I saw the posters that said, "We love you Max" and I knew with a certain heartbreaking dread that a little boy had been lost.

My daughter Googled the name found your blog, and by coincidence, our dear neighbor Peggy is a member of your ward, she had been at Max's memorial and filled in the rest of the story.

Meeting Max on your blog, it is so easy to know that he was a Child of Light and Joy.
What fun it must be for him to be in place where there are no dark shadows, no evil or pain, only the purest joy and brightest light.

My prayers are that you will be comforted until you are once again with your Max.

Anonymous said...

This was very touching. I'm so glad to have read this.

Christina said...

I cant imagine the need for such a quick decision like this--my thoughts are like Ann's--what a sad and yet proud moment all wrapped up.

You both are awesome.

The Queen said...

Oh my goodness, I have tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing and also for letting Max continue to bless lives. Like Elliot said, this will literally bless generations. Think of the children that that little girls will have that wouldn't have been otherwise. Wow.