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


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  1. June 25th, 2018 | Leslie Lewis |

    June 25th, 2018, Leslie Lewis I did not handle the anniversary of your death very gracefully. I was beyond devastated as the details of our loss a year ago flooded me with grief. My year of "Firsts" is over, but It hasn't gotten any easier. I can't even say I have learned to live with it, but I am trying very hard. You have missed so much of our lives as our daughter so proudly graduated nursing school, our son has worked hard to make you proud running your business successfully and our grandchildren have reached milestones, becoming more precious with each passing day. But your presence is still so obviously lacking in our lives and nothing is the same without you.. A very comforting moment for us all was receiving 2 letters from your donation recipients. There were so many recipients and we would be blessed to receive notes from them all, but are so very grateful for these two. These were shared with your mother and father, your brother, and of course your children. Thank you to all the recipients who take the time to say "Thank you" and let us (the donor families) know how your lives were changed. It means so much to us and goes a long way in healing for us. Please don't hesitate to say "Thank you" to your donor families. I know it takes courage to do so and we very much appreciate it. Leslie


  2. February 7th, 2018 | Anonymous |

    Today, Feb. 7, is your 56th birthday and our first birthday without you. It's a tough day for all who love you. We are remembering your life today. I am so very grateful for every day of our 35 years together that God allowed me to spend with you, including the bad ones! You will always be with us because you left each of us with a piece of you in the form of good times, lasting memories and your deep love for us all. We were blessed by your presence. Leslie


  3. December 13th, 2017 | Leslie Lewis |

    I am reminded of our unimaginable loss as I look at this picture taken a year ago. A loving family in tact looking forward to all of our tomorrows and the new year to come. Today we struggle every second, minute, and hour of each day with the loss of our beloved husband, father and Gee-pa. He is so missed. There are no words to express our sadness and yet we go on without him. I remind everyone to remember that all we have is today and that there are no promises of tomorrow. I pray for the individuals and families of the recipients of our loss and pray they are thriving and that they will have a joyous holiday season with their loved ones. May God bless all of you and may you remember to cherish every day with those you love. .


 

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