Shortly before Patrick Palardy's death last year, he had decided that he would be an organ donor, something his friends and family agreed with his giving nature.
Shortly after his death in November, his family learned how to treat people in need had Patrick's heart, both kidneys, a lung and his liver.
Temple Glassier, Patrick's mother, received a message in March from a young man who had had a kidney. She shared the inspirational message with The Aspen Times. It shows how vital organ transplantation is, and it's especially appropriate to share it since April is the National Month of Donation Life. Americans are encouraged to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through gifts.
Here is the letter to Glassier and her family:
Dear donor family,
My name is Cristian and I have just turned 27 months after my kidney transplant. I thought about writing you so many times. I wanted to write earlier, but I was worried that it would be too soon after losing your child and too soon for me. I'm very sorry for the sadness you have to feel.
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It's been five months since I received my transplant and I'm constantly thinking of my donor as you certainly do. I would like to meet him and get to know you as well.
I was a dialysis patient for four years, and this gift has changed my life in so many ways. I do not have to worry about whether I stop dialysis, about my strict kidney diet or fluid restriction. It allowed me to work this summer and go back to college, which I had to interrupt three times a week for dialysis.
My family and I often think of you. When I was 1
Thank you for this gift. I will appreciate it with my life and I will always take care of it.