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le don d'organes (The Story of Nai)

Smokey says: When in doubt about which photo to use -- always choose moi! Photo taken one year ago. P.S. the dogs returned home safely from their getaway the other day!

Thank you very much for your caring notes to Jean-Marc! "Chief Grape" is still waiting for his kidney biopsy results, though he feels confident that whatever might be ailing him is nothing serious. 

Note: today's word does not concern Jean-Marc (so no worries)! That said, we are all concerned when it comes to the subject of saving lives! Read on, in the following story. 

le don d'organes

    : organ donation

Note: The sound file and example sentence are found at the end of today's edition.



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— The Story of Nai —
by Maureen Templeton-Adams

Like many Americans I became a “Provence-phile” after reading Peter Mayle’s book “A Year in Provence”. Now, fourteen years later, my husband Lee and I continue to visit Provence every year. These visits are all about the wonderful people of Provence, their serene life-style and their superb wines.

In October 2008 we found our way from the gite we were renting to the Rouge-Bleu farmhouse, less than five minutes away. We had made new friends in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorque who told us that their neighbor in Houston Texas imported French Country Wines. They assured us the wines were wonderful and the owners Jean-Marc and Kristin Espinasse were delightful people. Our friends were correct on both points!

The scene as we approached the farmhouse was truly hectic as the harvest was still in progress. Jean-Marc was providing direction to several of his workers while others were scurrying at a frenetic pace to get the grapes harvested and ready for the “crush”.

Jean-Marc mistook us for part of an English speaking wine tour that was not due for a couple of hours. He explained that Kristin was not available and very politely asked us to return later at the “scheduled” time. Rather than correct his misperception and further distract him from the harvest, we left.

When we returned, we were lucky to have a few moments alone with Kristin before a group of eight of their friends from Marseille arrived to taste (and hopefully purchase) his wines. They brought their male golden retriever to get to “better know” Kristin’s female golden retriever, Braise. Pandemonium ensued!!

        (Braise, hiding in the lavender and rosemary patch. Sam, in pursuit.)

Braise was NOT ready for such a commitment and resisted all attempts of her would be suitor. Her retreat took her around the yard, through the house and back again numerous times with Kristin’s children, Max and Jackie, in close pursuit. With each trip around the circuit the barking and yelling became louder!

Jm Unfazed, Jean-Marc continued to expound on the many virtues of his wines. The increasing noise level prompted a response from Jules, Kristin’s mom, who was visiting. From her bedroom window on the second floor, above the courtyard where we were seated, she inquired loudly. “What is going on out there?” “I am trying to take a nap!”

For Lee and I it was difficult not to break out laughing at this crazy comedy playing out in front of us. It was a truly memorable and insightful introduction into the lives of Kristin and her family. As we prepared to take our newly purchased wine and leave, I told Jean-Marc how much I liked his wine-stained T-shirt. Without hesitation he stripped it off and tossed it to me with a stern warning of “don’t wash it”! Kristen yelled across the yard, “wash it! wash it!” The evening had provided another wonderful Provencal memory to savor and share with our friends.

                  From left to right: Kristin, Lee, and Maureen

In the few quiet minutes before the arrival of their friends from Marseille, we enjoyed talking with Kristin. She asked many questions prompting me to share my story with her.

I lived as a Type-1, insulin dependent diabetic (juvenile diabetes) for 44 years since I was diagnosed at age 11. I suffered many of the complications, feet problems, vision loss, nerve damage, and kidney failure. In 2006 our annual visit to Provence had to be hastily arranged for July. I was going to be added to the kidney transplant list. This meant I could be no more than six hours from my hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. With the prospects of dialysis (or worse) looming and the fear that I may never see my beloved Provence again, it was a bittersweet visit. There are over 100,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant in the USA; another is added to the list every 11 minutes; 18 die every day waiting for an organ.

On April 27, 2007, the medical nightmare ended. I received the “Gift of Life”, a kidney AND a pancreas from an organ donor killed in an auto accident. The next day I was insulin free, no longer a diabetic. Although I still must deal with the diabetic complications from years past, I am healthy, happy, and able to visit “our” Provence.

After the transplant surgery I recovered sufficiently to make our September 2007 visit to Provence. This visit was an entirely different and a vastly better vacation!! I was no longer tied to a very tight regime of constantly checking my blood sugar, eating and taking insulin to manage my diabetes. I was “FREE”, no longer diabetic! This was the first year we rented our now-favorite gite close to Kristin and Jean-Marc.

Some wonderful, loving and caring people make my story possible. It crosses geographic boundaries as well as the perceived boundaries of religion and culture. This demonstrates again that people the world over share the same values.


The first of these wonderful and caring people was Naiyareh Karimimanesh, a beautiful 28-year-old Iranian-American woman, who died in the auto accident. At the age of 16, “Nai” as she liked to be called, had the maturity and compassion to become an organ donor and have it displayed on her driver’s license. This simple act saved my life and the life of another woman that was within hours of death due to kidney and liver failure.

Nai was beautiful on the inside as well. She strongly believed that diversity makes us richer and stronger as a society. She had recently passed the bar exam and was working for one of the more prestigious law firms in Atlanta. Her intent was to dedicate herself to defending the rights of women in less developed areas of the world where they suffer from cultural and religious abuse.

With the love and guidance of her parents, Carelle and Mahmood, Nai became an incredible woman. At the time of Nai’s tragic accident they were half a world away in Iran visiting Mahmood's family. For us it is still unbelievable that when confronted with the worst possible news, the loss of their only child, they were able to give permission for Nai’s organs to be donated, saving the lives of two women they had never seen.

In April of 2008, near the first anniversary of my life-saving transplant surgery, we received the first letter from Carelle and Mahmood and responded immediately. I had not written after my surgery because I could not find adequate words to express the dichotomy of my emotions. I was grieving for the parents of this young woman and their unimaginable loss but at the same time happy with my incredible good fortune to have received her organs and a second chance for life.

We began a correspondence via the organization that coordinates organ transplantation in Georgia. The process is slow but designed to shield the identities of both the donor’s family and the recipient until both are emotionally ready to meet. From their wonderful letters we knew we were ready to immediately meet Carelle and Mahmood. However it would be just after we returned from Provence in October 2008 that we were provided names and contact information. I could not sleep for days before our first phone call. I still did not have the words to express my emotions. All worries vanished within minutes of first speaking to each other. It was clear that our lives would be forever linked.

Nai 2 In January 2009 they came from California and stayed with us for a couple of weeks. They introduced us to their friends in Atlanta, many of Iranian descent and of the Baha’i faith as well as some of Nai’s friends from law school. These remarkable people are coping with the loss of their only child by focusing on the positives that came from her death. In April, Lee and I flew to California to be with Carelle and Mahmood to mark the second anniversary of my transplant and the loss of Nai. As a tribute to Nai, Mahmood arranged for a three-hour interview on Persian satellite TV to tell story and to promote organ donation. The program aired in North and South America and via Internet feeds to the whole world.

Days after we returned from our October 2009 visit to Provence, Carelle and Mahmood visited Atlanta again to support my fund raising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The 2009 Atlanta Walk for a Cure raised over 1.9 million dollars for diabetic research. Maureen’s Dream Team was renamed to Maureen AND Naiyareh’s Dream Team raising almost $10,000.

In Nai’s memory Carelle and Mahmood continue to support charitable efforts around the world to educate and build better lives for women. (To learn more about Naiyareh go to her website

I am so grateful for the “Gift of Life” that has given me more time with the people I love. I am continuing fund raising for JDRF to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. (To support this effort visit ) Lee and I also are volunteering with Life Link to promote organ donation. (To become an organ donor visit or ; In the UK visit )We are grateful to Kristin for allowing us to share my story with her and her followers on French-Word-A-Day.

During the past year since Kristin posted my story; life for me continues to be wonderful. We even managed a “surprise visit” with Jean-Marc during his wine tour of the USA. We also remain in frequent contact with Carelle and Mahmood. We support their efforts to build schools for girls in third world countries in Nai’s memory, they support our efforts to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and we work together to promote organ donation.

In the past year I have met many other people whose lives have been changed by the loss of a loved one and the donation of their organs. Also others like me who have experienced the “Gift of Life”. While at a wine festival in Provence, we met a man from the Netherlands who had to give permission to have his brother’s organs donated. In Atlanta, a man gave permission for his son’s organs to be donated after he was murdered in Pittsburg. In North Carolina we met a couple that donated their son’s organs after he was hit by a car. In addition we attended a seminar for organ recipients which was amazing! We meet 30 couples who like us were adjusting to life after a spouse received an organ transplant. Their stories of experiencing a “New Life” after years of sickness and limitations were truly heart warming.

In 2010 the Atlanta Gala for JDRF raised over a million dollars, not bad considering the economy. My donor’s parents, Carelle and Mahmood, were our biggest supporters again. The Gala raises money with both a silent and live auction. This year we are SO EXCITED! The WONDERFUL French couple that we rent our gite from has donated a week at their larger house, minutes from Kristin!! This will be the most sought after item of the live auction and will undoubtedly bring in thousands of dollars!! We had wanted to pay for the week and donate it, but our generous friends refused, saying it was their gift!! It is easy to see why we have become such good friends and love them so much! Another example of the warm giving nature of the French people! It is any wonder we return to France every chance we have?

Thanks again to Kristin for allowing me to share my experiences with being an organ recipient. My new lease on life will enable me to continue working to support organ donation so other lives will be saved and enjoyed. Also, I will continue my support for JDRF and their efforts to fund research to find a cure for Type-1 diabetes. To help me in these efforts could the non-USA readers provide me with the names of the organizations in your countries that manage organ donation and diabetes research? Many thanks!

Much love,

Maureen Templeton-Adams & Lee Adams


Nai's mom, Carelle, and Maureen (left and second to left, respectively) at the JDRF Atlanta Walk for a Cure along with Maureen & Naiyareh's Dream Team


Postnote: Jean-Marc, on hearing Maureen's story, said that it was a shame that French driver's licenses didn't offer the organ donor's info (as the US driver's licenses do). Update: it turns out that the mention may be unnecessary... Read about this law, in which organs are automatically donated:

From Wikipedia:

Le don d'organes repose, depuis la loi Caillavet de 1976, sur le principe du consentement présumé : chacun d’entre nous est considéré comme un donneur potentiel après sa mort à moins de s’y être opposé de son vivant en s'étant inscrit dans le Registre National des Refus

(In France...) Organ donation rests, since the 1976 Caillavet law, on the principle of presumed consent: each among us is considered as a potential donor after his/her death, unless one has opposed, in his/her lifetime, by signing up on the Registre National des Refus.


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Karen Mancini

I joined the French-word-a-day to help improve my french, but I got so much more from this site. I love to read the stories posted and the story about Nai and Maureen was very moving. I am also an organ donar and I think its really important to help someone else live after death. I know it must be a distraut time for any one giving the permission, which makes it even more special. Thanks Kristen!

Cynthia Sheridan

I am now celebrating my 17th anniversary of my kidney transplant! My brother's gift of life has given me so many years of joy with my family. I have been able to raise my children and see them grow up thanks to him. Kristen, thank you so much for sharing this story as not everyone is as lucky as I am to have a living donor.

Audrey Wilson

A very moving and inspiring story. I'm so glad Maureen now has good health & this must give Nai's parents a positive outlook on the loss of their beautiful daughter .
Thank you for the information about the French law . I always carried a doner card when I lived in the U.K but could never find what one did in France . I am a grandmother of 77 years , but in good health & any of my organs which would be usable can be taken
Maureen, we are off the Provence for a short break in our caravan(trailer) . I shall give it your love !

Bill in St. Paul

Both my wife and I have the organ donor designation on our drivers' licenses and have talked about how hard it will be to give permission to essentially give up on one life and perhaps save several other lives. I'm also a bone marrow donor, although I have yet to be called. I remember Maureen and Nai's story the first time Kristin told it, it brought tears to my eyes then as it does now. We're still hoping for good news on J-M's kidney test. Smokey, trying to look innocent, always brings on a smile.

Karen W  (Towson, Maryland)

Wishing you continued success, Maureen. Thanks for the update and for the information on French law.

Suzanne, Monroe Twp., NJ

Having indicated on my US driver's license that I am an organ donor, I hope Maureen's story encourages those who have not yet done so to reconsider. The French are very forward thinking to make this an opt out rather than an opt in choice.

Fred Caswell

Magnanimous humanity!!!!!! Peace

Lynn at Southern Fried French

An incredible and beautiful story, Maureen. You honor this lovely girl's life, as well as your own. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Paula Behnken

What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


An inspiring, beautiful story. I love reading about the incredible connections that people make, from different places and backgrounds. Thank you for sharing, and thanks to Kristin for posting the story.

Marianne Rankin

When I was still in high school, I used to go around collecting for charities in the neighborhood. One was the Kidney Foundation, and in addition to receiving donations, I gave donor cards to people who might like to donate a kidney or other organs. This was before the opportunity to have "organ donor" on licenses, so people could put the cards in their wallets. I was surprised how many refused to even take a card, saying it was "too morbid" to think about dying. I certainly hope the attitude has changed in the intervening years. I have the donor mention on my license, and my son has his on his learner's permit.

Bill in St. Paul, from a few things you've written, I gather you are a senior citizen. How were you able to get on the bone-marrow registry? I tried a few years ago, at age 58, and was told I was "too old." What did that mean? Before long, I would be 60, and they said they wanted younger marrow. Seems to me the marrow could be analyzed, and accepted or not on a case-by-case basis, since there is a definite need for it.

I have two cousins who have had insulin-dependent diabetes since age 8. They are currently using insulin pumps instead of the shots they used to have to take. I have notes in my "life emergency" file that if something happens to me, one of them could receive my pancreas, and one or both could have a kidney, if needed. If neither needs those organs, they and other organs can be donated elsewhere.

Nai and her parents are to be commended for their efforts in organ donation. I'm sorry I never met Nai personally, but am pleased to learn about her through FWAD.

Jules Greer

One of my favorite stories, thanks for touching our lives Maureen...Our beautiful Nai...I have felt since the moment I first heard her story that she belonged to us forever.




That is such a wonderful, heart-warming story. Sadly, since having cancer twice I have been told I can no longer be an organ donor. I wish I could be.

Sharon - Montague, Michigan

Kristen: thanks for posting this story on organ donation. It is such an important message to have people become aware of this act of kindness and the Gift of Life.

Maureen: Your story is story of hope for all the others who need this Gift of Life. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and that you are in good health.

Kathy McCreedy

Oh my, I feel so touched and moved by this posting! Thank you so much, Kristin, for sharing this wonderful story with us! As an ER nurse and former OR nurse, I wholeheartedly support organ donation. I've told my children and husband to give away everythig of mine that might be useful to someone else, should I die unexpectedly. Goodness knows I won't need them where I'm going! :D
So glad Maureen is doing well after a lifetime of health issues, and my heart goes out to all involved, especially Nai's parents. No parent should lose a child, but what incredible people they are, to take such a tragedy and help others regardless of the grief they must bear. So much love from such tragedy... I don't know if I would have the grace to deal with it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us!

Jeanne of Maumee, OH

My story about kidney transplants covers 26 years when my husband donated his kidnet to our 17 yr old son. Jim went on to college and then law school. During that time in law school, he had to go on dialysis and by the time he was working in Philadelpia as a lawyer, he got his second kidney after waiting 18 months. He got married, had three children and when his twin babies were born, he had his third transplant. I don't know who any of the donors were but I want to thank them and hope there are others out there in case he needs a fourth! Always check the box on your drivers license to be a donor. It is such a simple act of love.

Bill in St. Paul

Marianne Rankin, ouch! I'm not quite so old that I get all the "senior discounts" yet (but close). I've been on the marrow donor list for at least 15 years so it was before I crossed the sixty line that I signed up. They still send me reminders that I'm on the list and haven't told me I'm too old - maybe they're just being nice!

Herm in Phoenix, Az

Salut Kristin,

What a great theme for today. My brother-in-law lived a number of years with a transplanted heart. He used to celebrate two birthdays; the second being the day he got his new heart.

Here’s a short poem to go with Smokey’s photo:

I wonder how long I’ll have to wait
Hope my dog tag is hanging straight
At least there are no ribbons or bows
Hey! How long must I hold this pose?

Don’t blink! Don’t move! Do smile!
Sorry dog fans, smiles are not my style
Why’s the barrel in the background?
Jump through hoops? Not this hound!

My people-mom says, “Cheeeeeese”
I’ll take two, I love those munchies
Hoop-tee-do, la-de-dah and wow
Shutterbug, take my picture now!

À bientôt

Gayle Markow

Was moved to tears by this beautiful story of generosity, compassion, inspiration, and the interconnectedness of us all. Loved the photos of Kristin, Maureen, and Lee, and of Nai, and of Carelle and Maureen w/ the Dream Team. Putting faces on this heartful story. Thanks to you all. (ps - Yes! to organ donation).

Holly K

Outstanding story, as always! I love this blog!
For Marianne R. who wondered why 58 was "too old" for becoming a bone marrow donor. The whole point behind bone marrow donation is a transplant of the stem cells in the marrow to replace those of someone with a blood dyscrasia. As we age, the cells in our body age, too. Blood dyscrasias become more common among the elderly due to age related changes. The cost of screening for these disorders is prohibitively expensive. A simple blood test won't uncover problems. It's much cheaper to just set age restrictions and focus on younger donors. There is also the possibility that even if your bone marrow tested ok initially, if there were a long delay between testing and actual donation, the cells might have begun to display signs of a developing dyscrasia by the time your gift was needed. The gentleman who claims to be a donor may actually have been removed from the list when he reached a certain age.
The good news is that there are lots of ways to help, as Kristin and Maureen have so excellently demonstrated with this great story! So inspiring! An excellent comparison of the uniquely French take on personal rights, too. I'm always intrigued by the differences between the US and France.


Once again, I am compelled to post on your terrific blog. You and your family have become "friends" of mine, and now I will add Carelle, Mahmoud, Maureen, Lee, and most certainly Nai, to my ever-growing list. In these times of dangerous rhetoric, battle and war, environmental catastrophe, etc., it is life-sustaining to know that people can be, after all, the best of what is "human."

jeannie herrick

What a lovely and inspiring story! I am so enjoying the blog--re learning a little French in preparation for a vacation and loving the stories. I see that May 17th was Nai's birthday. My boyfriend and I each have daughter's born on May 17th as does my best friend. Must be a special date. I know it is for me. And I do have the pink circle indicating organ donor on my CA driver's license.

Alice Halliday

How wonderful and gracious are the parents of Nai despite a traumatic loss. I used to work as a theatre nurse doing occasional kidney transplants. The organ was treated with great respect - a gift of life for the recipient. In UK there is a new arrangement similar to that of the French. so simple.
It is so sad organs are sold in other parts of the world by people needing money.

Love the photo of Smokey in front of hollyhocks and barrel and story of Braise's new romantic encounter-hope all females do not react in the same way!
you are so good giving people time - we all have our stories.
Alice Oxford 20/4/11

Susan Walker

This story probably touches me more deeply than I can express because Maureen has been my best friend since 1963! (I won't say how old we were when we met!) So I have seen the toll that the disease of diabetes has taken on her life, beginning at a very young age. But Maureen has the most indomitable spirit. She has never let her health issues change her outlook on life. She is the most positive person I have ever known.
When I got the call from Lee that she was having the transplant I actually experienced the sensation of having my legs collapse beneath me. I was so scared but also so grateful that she would have this chance for a more "normal" life. No one ever wishes for someone to have to die but we can know that Nai's spirit lives on in the most wonderful person! I am forever grateful to her and to her parents for their sacrifice.
Every additional day that I have with my best friend is a gift that can never be repaid.

Suzanne de Cornelia

Beautiful people with an inspiring story that moved me to tears and will stay with me for a long time. I imagine that Nai is one of the most beautiful angels in Heaven as she was on Earth. Thank you for sharing it. My brother was also an organ donor and when he died two people received the gift of eyesight--a wonderful legacy. Am very happy for them and their families as I know my brother would be.

And Smokey....always such a delight to see! His personality reminds me a bit of our dog growing up who was such a ham he loved having a party hat put on his head on his birthday and sitting at the dinning room table for his 'cake' and his birthday photo.

Deborah Rice

What a beautiful story! It is blessing how lives are brought together and irreparably intertwined; turning what ultimately a tragedy for Nai's parents into something that only made her life that much more valuable. Nai is [I dare not say was, because she lives on through the life she gave to others and the inspiration she engendered] a truly remarkable woman, someone I would be proud to call my friend.
I too have been an organ donor since I was 16; now at the age of 52 I only pray that when the time comes for someone to inherit my organs that they are fit to help the individual in need.
G-d bless the two families, may their endeavors continue to prosper and bring aid to all those in need. I applaud their valiant efforts and will do what I can to help.

Lorrie Kazan

I continue to be grateful for finding your blog, Kristin, which I share with everyone, both gratitude and the blog.

Very moving post today. And sending much love and healing to you and Jean-Marc. You make such a difference in so many people's lives. Lorrie ( :) Redondo Beach, CA

Candy in SW KS

Chere amie, Kristin, thank you for re-sharing this wonderful story of Nai and Maureen. I think I like that the French just assume you will do the right thing and donate your organs rather than in the US where the assumption is that you won't unless your license says otherwise. Thank you to Herm for his cute poem! What a pleasure it is to read the posts of everyone! It always does my heart good - and then to think that we learn French on top of all that goodness! Wow! Are we special people, or what? :)

Pat Cargill

Many thanks for sharing this beautiful story. A few weeks ago I was prompted to list as an organ donor, thinking I had not; looked at my license yest and discovered I had, which was a relief. I would so want my organs to go to those who are waiting for this gift of life. It is one of the better, actually one of the most miraculous gifts of medical science, that the prodcedures or organ donation are possible.

Blessings to all mentioned in this story for continued healthy living. I am thankful to know about the story of Nai.

Pat Cargill

Eileen deCamp

Beautiful story Maureen. I am glad you are doing so well thanks to Nai. I have been an organ donor since I got my driver's license at 16. It is a wonderful thing to be able to help another person!

Jacqueline Brisbane)

Kristin, thank you for your marvellous blog.
Maureen, thank you for sharing your journey with us. We are all enriched by meeting you, Nai and her family.
France’s system of donation is to be applauded. I wish all countries dealt with it that way. Australia lags behind with different systems for different states.
This link: might prove helpful for your Aussie readers. Those people too “old” or not able to be donors may consider becoming regular donors of blood and/or plasma/platelets: .

One of my favourite films Jésus de Montréal deals with this in an amazing way. Not preachy and uplifting; just as today’s story.

Here’s To Life.


Like Karen Mancini (the first poster today), I signed up to improve my French, but this is richer and deeper than merely learning French. I learn so much here. That's it! That's what we have in common! We are all life-long learners!

Mike Hardcastle

What a wonderfully moving story and don't forget that other organs are important too.

When my wife died her kidneys went to a 31 year old woman with two children and a 50 year old man who was about to lose his job, but is again in full employment. Her liver went to a 70 year old woman with a degenerative liver disease. Had she been a year younger her heart would have been used as well (the upper age limit for heart donation is 65 in because of the cost of the transplant operation).

To obtain a French organ donor card see:
My grief after Carole's death, and that of our son, was eased by knowing that she had helped others to lead fuller lives.

Best wishes,


gail bingenheimer

I remember in undergraduate school my teacher commenting that years ago France was one of the few countries who had a law on what to do with dead bodies that were unclaimed. It was said if no one claimed the body anyone could take it and so many bodies were used as cadavers for more or less scientific research and then parts thrown into the Seine river. After finding many parts of bodies in the river, a law was finally passed.

Ophelia in Nashville

What a touching and inspiring story.... Thank you for posting the entire message. And what a beautiful young spirit who made the decision to donate her organs at such a young age.

Lke all of you, I am so impressed with the French law, too. That is exactly what needs to happen in this country.

Ophelia in Nashville

What a touching and inspiring story.... Thank you for posting the entire message. And what a beautiful young spirit who made the decision to donate her organs at such a young age.

Like all of you, I am so impressed with the French law, too. That is exactly what needs to happen in this country.

Marianne Rankin

Holly K., thanks for the explanation of why older marrow might be less usable. Maybe someday a test can be devised that won't be prohibitively expensive, so marrow from older people might be usable. I would have been happy to be on the list for even a couple of years, just in case someone could have used my marrow. I've been a blood donor since age 19 (actually giving the blood a few times a year), so can continue to do that. For people who can't give blood, I'm sure there is something you can do to help - teach first aid or CPR, etc.

Sandra Vann

What a beautiful and inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us...and Kristin for inviting you to do so. What fabulous news about the French law.

We too love Provence and hope to return soon. We missed Kristin on our last visit to her area and hope to meet her and her lovely family the next time. Can you kindly send the reference for the gite you so enjoy nearby please? We hope to be house hunting again soon and would love to consider renting it. All the best to you and Nai's family. Warmly,

Susan Carter

Beautiful story!

Heather Donaldson

I absolutely agree with France. Why don't all countries have legislation stating our organs automatically be donated, unless otherwise stipulated.


catching up...........

Photo at the top:
is it the barrel that got chopped off in the story "à la Houdini"?

Now, I know I posted a comment when you first published the story of Nai in FWAD. Could you please let me have the link? No more archives, or list of titles from previous years... so, not very easy to dig out past newsletters.
Thank you.


Hello Kristin,
Thank you very much for emailing me the link to Nai story + comments sent in Feb 2010 -->

I re-read the comments I posted last year and feel there is nothing I'd like to add for the time being.
I'll re-post it here.

Dear Carelle and Mahmood,
The shock of Nai's death must have been unimaginable, the loss of your only daughter, so unbearable! However, that brutal pain got transformed, thanks to Nai, into a reconciliation with the absurdity of her tragic death. Nai's wishes gave you a sense of purpose, a mission to fulfil. Nai must be so proud of what you did, of the links you established and of your continuous dedication!

Dear Maureen,
Your life of pains, frustration and despair, shared with your supporting husband, got transformed , thanks to Nai, into the most joyful “Hallelujah” that will continue to vibrate and be sung everyday of your life. This song of joy and gratefulness will be sung again and again by all those who, like you, will be given the pleasure of living a normal and happy life, thanks to the work you created and keep developing. Can you already hear the triumphant concert?
Thank you Maureen, for sharing with all of us your “very special” story linked with Nai's beautiful gift - a story that goes beyond your own life-saving transplant surgery. I understand and greatly admire your commitment towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Your never ending gratitude that makes you support 'organ donation' is a never ending sunshine that will keep transforming the lives of more and more people, thanks to your dedicated work inspired by Nai.

Carole, Pamela's sister, Jeanne's son, the seven people who received organs from that little boy mentioned by Marianne... you too, and many others, have now added new chapters to Maureen's very “special story” which will, no doubt, keep spreading and increase people's awareness regarding organ donation.

Dear Nai, I am just another person touched by your wonderful attitude to life and to others. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Newforest | Friday, February 12, 2010 at 06:31 AM

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