April 12, 2023
Our precious son, Graham will forever be remembered for his incredibly kind heart, colorful and vibrant personality, artistic and athletic talents, bold fashion choices, unmatched sense of humor and probably what will hurt the most, his laugh. His laugh was unique, loud and infectious and you could never stay mad at him for long upon hearing it. Graham never met a stranger, loved engaging in meaningful conversations about things he felt passionately about, and would literally give you the shirt off his back.
And in the end, Graham selflessly continued to give fully of himself by giving the gift of life to up to eight other individuals through the Tennessee Organ Donation program. So while his family just endured their darkest of days, they take not only pride, but comfort in knowing that Graham’s loss of life suddenly became someone else’s miracle. And for that, he is now, and will forever be a hero. Graham lived big, he loved big and he died big. And he will be loved forever.
Many donor families find that corresponding with the transplant recipient or recipients can be a powerful experience. Donor families can take comfort in sharing stories and sending well wishes to those who live on because of their loved one.
Should you choose to connect, we're here to help. Letters and cards can be a tremendous gift to both the donor families and recipients. To protect everyone, we provide guidelines for communication. Names remain confidential unless both parties agree to share those with one another, and we provide a correspondence address. We are happy to share sample letters to help you get started.
For more information about corresponding with recipients, please call us at 615-564-3649.
When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.
To access the National Registry, click here.