Today, America stops to remember and honor the 2, 977 lives that were lost on September 11, 2001 (and on subsequent days due to injuries or illnesses sustained that day), when America was attacked by terrorists.
It has been ten years since that fateful day, but
for many it still feels like yesterday.
There were husbands, wives, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles who perished. And lest we forget the firemen and police and
all of the first responders and rescue and recovery workers who gave selflessly
of themselves for the sake of others.
When it comes to the Boston/New York rivalry in
sports, I am right there rooting for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and
Bruins. But today, there are no
rivalries. Today we are one. Today I am not rooting for the Red Sox to
come back in the standing and take the American League East from the
Yankees. No, today, I am rooting for all
Americans…Today, we are one.
I am also rooting for all of the children who
never had a chance to see or grow up with their fathers, as they were born
after September 11, 2001
I am also rooting for a very special young lady,
or at least her spirit. Her name is
Christina-Taylor Green. If that name
sounds familiar, it should. Christina-Taylor
was a victim in the shooting of Arizona Representative, Gabby Giffords earlier
this year on January 8th. Christina-Taylor
was born on September 11, 2001. In the
midst of the country being in turmoil, there was a little bundle of hope coming
into our lives. Even at such a young
age, it was said that Christina had aspirations of wanting to go into
politics. I can only imagine the spirit
she would have brought to the political world.
Christina-Taylor may have been a victim of that
shooting in Tucson, AZ, but she still lives today because of a courageous and
brave decision her parents made. Christina-Taylor’s
parents made the decision to have some of her organs donated, saving the life
of a young girl in Boston.
Christina-Taylor had thoughts of making a difference in the world…in my mind, she did…she allowed another
little girl to keep living.
As we remember all of the victims September 11th,
and their families, as well as Christina-Taylor and her family, if you are
looking for a way to honor them, do so by donating blood or signing up to be an
organ donor…the life you could save could be your son or daughter or mother or
father…or it just might be someone you have never met, but will have a lasting
bond with. Please consider donation
today as a tribute of remembrance.
If you, or someone
you know is interested in organ donation, please contact: www.neod.org; www.donatelifenewengland.org, www.organdonor.gov; www.unos.org; www.donatelife.net; www.organtransplants.org; or www.thewaitinglist.org, or, by all means,
speak to your own physician, or feel free to send me an email.