Tragically, my only son Connor Walsh passed away on January 5, 2017 at age 23. He was truly a superhero to me and to many. He gave some everlasting gifts that I am so proud of. Connor was an eye, organ and tissue donor. I know that his legacy lives on in the lives and hearts of many others who he benefited. He always wanted to be donor as he was an EMT and saw first-hand what it meant to pay it forward and give back.
I want to continue Connor’s initiative, which he so strongly believed in, since his life of service to the community was always very apparent. He was an Eagle Scout, founder of the Emergency Response Team at his high school, a lifeguard at numerous organizations and most recently a security officer at MetLife Stadium. However, his desire was always to be an organ donor. His generous gift of his corneas, heart valves, veins, tissues, ligaments, tendons and bones will restore health to over 50 people and benefit many more. My tragedy gave hope to those who needed it most in their most darkest moments of despair.
I am so proud of Connor’s accomplishments and how he touched so many lives in his passing. He passed along a very generous gift….one that will last a lifetime! He would be so happy to know that he made a difference in the lives of others and what a legacy he has left. We are all born for greatness and to do great things. Connor’s greatness is that he championed this initiative so that others could benefit from his life here on earth. The morals and values that were instilled in him throughout his short life enabled him to make this very important choice.
Remember to be thankful and grateful for all the gifts and blessings that you have in your life because one moment can change your life forever. Every day we wake up is a good day. As Hercules said, “ A true hero is not measured by the size of his strength, but rather by the strength of his heart”. Save a life, donate today and make that difference!