Heaven Knows We Need Them Here

Christina Taylor- Greene was one of the unfortunate victims of the Tucson massacre. We know so much about her already and she has touched so very many lives. For example we know that she was born on September 11, 2001. We know that when she was laid to rest that a special flag, one that flew over ground zero, was present at her interment.

We also know that she was the inspiration behind President Obama’s “We can be better” speech. We heard that this nine year old was eagerly on her way to meet her congresswoman when she was gunned down.

I recently learned that she wanted to be and was an organ donor. At nine, I don’t believe that I was even aware of organ donation- or when I was ten, eleven or twelve for that matter. It was reported tonight that her cornea were donated and as a result two children who were blind can now see. What an amazing gift and it demonstrates the power of selfless giving. The courage of her parents must be acknowledged too and I do so now.

Many years ago I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Don’t take your organs to Heaven, Heaven knows we need them here.” And perhaps, just perhaps a little bit of Christina stays behind in her inspiration, in her selflessness and in her courage. Check your driver’s license- are you a donor? Looking for a way to give?

And a child will lead the way.

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to PediatricSafety.net more than 13 years ago.


One Response to “Heaven Knows We Need Them Here”

  1. Shame on us that children know more than we do. We need to listen to them more and stop thinking we know it all. Too many of us have forgotten or been socialized out of what is truly right.

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