In the first, Killed in Interstate Pileup, Antioch Woman Saves Others, I read of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Collins, who died at age 19, a day after being injured in a car accident. She donated every organ possible, a decision she shared with her sister. "We had a pact, and deals, and everything," said sister Katie Collins, 25. "That was something that she and I had spoken about." If I close my eyes to imagine this young woman's heart being airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where it was then carried to the operating room to save the life of a 26-year-old mother of two, I know that I am visualizing hope in action.
In the second, Homeless NY Teen Up for $100,000 Science Prize Gets County Housing Help, Donations, I learned about Samantha Garvey, a 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist who has made it to the semifinals of the prestigious Intel Science Competition. Samantha's family became homeless after her parents fell behind on rent after a car accident left them both too injured to work. Samantha told Newsday that her family's setbacks are a source of motivation and not just despair: "I want better," she said, "so that's why I do well in school." Once again, a story of hope, and faith in a better tomorrow, despite all, in action.
In this day of social media whining and articles that reflect hate and hopelessness, it was so refreshing to see some positive stories in the news today!
P.S. Have you signed up for the new organ/tissue donor registry?