Welcome to my fourth official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. Each month I bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:I hope everyone is doing well and having a fantastic June. Our next #WATWB post is just around the corner and I thought I would get a head start. On this week’s post our hosts are:
Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle Wallace,
myself Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen
For this week’s post on We Are the World Blog Fest I have one that is emotional but beautiful. I will begin with an excerpt from it.
“It had been five months since Bill Conner suddenly lost his 20-year-old daughter, Abbey, and he felt like he had to do something to honor her short life.So, on May 22, a day after his son, Austin, graduated from college, Conner hopped on a bike and began riding across the country.”
Then Mr. Conner decided that the best way to honor his beloved daughter Abby was by traveling 2,600 Miles – from his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, To Fort Lauderdale, Florida- to visit Broward Health Medical center which was the hospital that recovered Abbey’s organs for donation back in January 2017.
You see Abby Conner had registered as an organ donor since she was 16 years of age.
“She registered. It’s something that she knew a long time ago. Unfortunately, it came to fruition, but that’s Abbey,” Conner said. “If you had her as a friend she always had your back, and for her to be helping people in need — that fits who she is.”
However, as the Conner’s were dealing with the loss of their beloved daughter another family was dealing with their own heartbreak. Their own 21 year old son in another state by the name of Loumonth Jack Jr. had suffered a heart attack and was told his days were numbered.
It would take a miracle to save him. Abbey donated 4 organs to four men among them Loumonth Jack Jr.
As a way to honor his daughter Abbey, Bill Conner, the Florida donation board he would be riding on her behalf and was given the contact info for each of them.
“The only person who has responded at this point is Jack Jr., the heart recipient,” Conner said.
He also added upon meeting Jack. ” He’s a really humble kid, respectful and he has an old soul.”
” After sharing a minute-long hug, Jack pulled out a stethoscope so Conner could hear his daughter’s heartbeat for the first time since she died in January. Listening carefully, surrounded by Jack’s friends and family, Conner heard the thumping. Both men began to tear up.”
In conclusion, I wanted to add this story touched me because Bill Conner was able to take a tragic event from the loss of his daughter and turning it into a place of healing knowing that she saved others by being a donor and him being able to hear her beating heart on Father’s day and he was able to pay tribute to her in the same way.
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