I was asked by the Friends of the Library, in Washington, PA to talk about my book, Partners 4 Life, which I always gladly do. There was a nice turn out and maybe 4-5 nurses in the group. That is the best for me, as I am so appreciative of nurses for the job they do for transplant patients especially. Many of you know that I contribute profits from my book to the continuing education of cardio thoracic nurses at UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), where I received my double lung in 2009.
This library group was certainly interested in my book, and I donated a copy of Partners 4 Life, to their library, and a number of people also bought a copy for their own reading. The kindness of the group, was expressed in a nice thank you note, where they also send me some pictures of my presentation. The generous group also donated a check for my cause, and all it and the book sales will be passed on to the nurses I mentioned above.
My passion for nurses comes naturally, as my Donor was a nurse, who ironically was very passionate about organ donation and transplants. No one wanted her to become a Donor at the age of 51, but her passion continues in her gift of life to me, as I tell her story virtually every day anyone stops in the old frame shop I run in a town just south of Pittsburgh. All contributions to UPMC are made in honor of my Donor, Judy Murphy.