Life is sometimes like a fast train ride. We are often in such a hurry to get to the next stop that we fail to look out the window and notice the many wonderful things taking place all around us.
A miracle occurred this month. One of our Rim country neighbors showed us that love has the power to save a life and touch so many others.
In our Aug. 27, 1999 edition, we published a story about a special woman who donated a kidney to her long-time friend. She did not want recognition or publicity, she only wanted to help someone she cared for.
As a result, she helped all of us stop and look out the window.
This short note from one of our readers describes how many of us feel:
"It's funny how we can get so disgusted with mankind at times, and then someone will come along and renew our faith with such an unselfish act. Thank you so much and God bless you."
Another reader writes:
"It is no surprise that Jill would do something like this without any hesitation. She has always been a caring individual with so much compassion in her heart for everyone else. What a wonderful way for her to show her friend just how much she cares for her. Everyone should have just a small part of 'Jill' in them, and we would see a big difference in our society as a whole! Her parents have every reason to be proud of her --she is one in a million!"
The need for kidney and organ donors is great. Most of us can sign a Uniform Donor Card at the department of motor vehicles to become an organ donor.
If you are interested in learning more about being a living kidney donor, call the National Kidney Foundation at 1-800-622-9010, or visit the foundation's website at www.kidney.org.