Today around 3pm my brother Stephen got the call he's been waiting for since his name was put at the top of the donor list several weeks ago.
(The ADA's Napa Valley Tour de Cure last month)
When I saw his name come across my cell phone I knew he was calling to tell me it was time...
It was surreal, I didn't know how to feel.
Our family was ready, we had just attended an anointing of the sick mass a week earlier where we laid our hands upon his head and prayed in gratitude for the yet unknown donor's organs and the successful outcome of his impending surgery.
He was told to be at UCSF within 4 hours.
The young donor is on life support.
It's hard to deal with the mixed emotions I'm feeling of both extreme happiness and gratitude coupled with intense sadness and loss.
It's times like this that I cling to my faith and it strengthens me...
Please join me in praying for both my brother and the donor who is giving him the gift of life.
Stephen is scheduled for surgery at 10:00AM tomorrow morning.
My family and I thank you for your love and prayers.