Michael “Joe” Lewis, Donor
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He lived his life abundantly for many, many years...
Unfortunately, most donors die tragically and we lost ours to suicide. I lost my best friend and my one true love that day. We had 35 wonderful years together. He was a creative, kind and gentle man who struggled to live with deep and debilitating sadness that overwhelmed him in the end of his life. His decisions at the end of his life did not define who he was though. He lived his life abundantly for many, many years. He was devoted to me, his kids and his grandkids. We all adored him. He gave us all great love and a wonderful life full of colorful and exciting adventures and memories. He served in his community and gave generously and anonymously to those in need. Our 30-year-old son said it perfectly: “There were so many questions I still had to ask him and so many things I still had to learn from him.” We are so devastated, but our comfort lies in knowing we will see him again one day.
We are also comforted in the end of his life by this one last act of kindness, in the form of gifts of life to those people who needed a special part of him, so that their families could continue to be blessed by their loved one’s life. We were honored to carry out this final act of kindness for our “Joe” and all the recipients. May God bless them and their families abundantly, as we were blessed. Leslie