Many of you have known that my organ Donor, was a nurse, who at 44 got her Masters Degree to teach other nurses, which she did. A cerebral hemorrhage cut her life short at 51, and her lungs found their way to me in Pittsburgh, all the way from the middle of Kansas. The passion she had for nursing came with her lungs, for nurses, like Kathy Lindell, and Shelley Zomak and so many others, like the ones in this picture who work at UPMC. Ironically at her funeral, her students talked about her passion for organ donation and transplants and she no doubt instilled her passion into many of her students.
I presented these nurses a check today for the Judy Murphy Fund, which is used for the continuing education of cardio thoracic nurses like these people. It is my way of honoring My Gift of Life, that I treasure and do everything I can to keep them healthy. The money comes from sales of my book, Partners 4 Life and P. Buckley Moss artwork titled “A Gift of Life”, and also some frame repairs in my frame shop, or just some people who give me donations at my shop.
Those in the picture are from left to right, Nancy Pepke, Sally Smales, Darlene Fink, That “Hat Guy”, Carol O’Neil and Larry Boggs. I so blessed to have such great Partners 4 Life, and my greatest Partner, was a nurse named Judy Murphy. Hey Jude! Thanks.