His name was Kevin Underhill. Back in August of last year, he was killed in a bicycling accident while racing in a weekly event called the Driveway Series, held on the east side of Austin. This news caught my attention as my significant other had also been racing bikes out there. Since bicycling is a huge part of our lives, any bicyclist who gets hurt or killed while riding their bike always captures my attention. Last month, there was an article in the Austin American Statesman – part two of Kevin’s story.
Kevin Underhill’s heart was donated as a gift of life to a man named Ron Murray – a man who had only months to live, was very active and rides a bike! Can you imagine your life if you were waking up daily knowing you had only a few months to live? Better yet, can you imagine what his donor would have felt like to know he was able to give the gift of life? It’s provocative to think through the situations from both sides. Fortunately, to the credit of the Austin American Statesman and Ron Murray, they put together a short video to give you a look inside someone who is home to a new heart. Take a quick look at this video now and come on back to this page and read further. Go ahead, you have a couple of minutes.
View the video.
Now doesn’t that just make you think, “what should I do if I fall into unfortunate circumstances and have the option to help someone live on and express their gifts?” Personally speaking, I have always wanted to be an organ/tissue donor. I signed the card years ago, but started questioning if I am “good to go?” So a couple of days ago, I confirmed my desire to be a donor. Here’s how I did it.
1. I went to www.organdonor.gov to get updated information.
2. From there, I went through all the information they had on organ donation.
3. I clicked over to our local/state Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and registered with one of the 58 sites they have in TX. I personally went over to TOSA .
4. Entered my information in the form.
5. Last step. I am waiting on my donor card to get here in the mail.
It’s as easy as that. Organ donation may not be for everyone, but I believe the majority of the people would be donors if they did a little research and learned more about it. It’s one of those issues of Survivorship Planning that need to be ironed out way before your family is in the position to make that decision.
I bet if you ask Ron Murray, he might sing you a song if you register to be a donor. What a sweet song that would be. Think about it.