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Love Drop Series: Keith Aubin’s Legacy

by Esther on 13 juni 2011

Are you new to the Love Drop series on IdentiTales? Start with the first tale on the Stalnaker family.

In June 2011, the guys at Love Drop come together for the Aubin family. Sheila and her three children Chad, Jared and Danielle are mourning the loss of their husband and father Keith, who passed away in April of this year.

Keith Aubin had multiple health problems before he died. Most notably, he had been paralyzed from the waist down for the last eight years.

Watch this video for a short introduction to the story:

Of course, the family really misses him. They also find themselves in a difficult financial position. The Love Drop team is reaching out to them this month by raising both money and awareness.

Money for the rent and some medical expenses.

Awareness for Keith’s selfless act of donating many of his organs after he passed.

Keith Aubin was an organ donor. Although he was paralyzed, he donated his leg muscles and bones – through which somebody else has the ability to walk now.

Isn’t that amazing?

Someone who lost his leg functions and has died, has now granted life to at least one other person.

Have you ever thought of becoming an organ donor?

I am an organ donor myself.

But I still have a hard time when I think about it.

That’s because I have a hard time dealing with death and mortality in general.

They say when you die, your spirit lives on while your body is left behind. That’s a pretty nasty idea to me.

Will I be rotting six feet under, burnt to ashes or torn apart to re-use my organs?

All of it sounds horrible, but what if my death could be used to give the gift of life to someone else? If I’m keen on giving and sharing during life, why not share something as vital as my organs when it’s over?

Life itself means a lot to me, so this is something I feel I must do. But it doesn’t come easily.

This is literally a matter of life and death.

To help the Aubins this month, you can sign up to become a Love Drop member by donating as little as $1. The main goal this month is to give Sheila and the kids at least $3,600 so they can pay their rent for the next three months. This will alleviate some of the financial stress and give them time to grief about Keith’s loss and getting their lives back on track.

Whether or not you wish to donate money to the Aubin family, I would like you to consider your position on becoming an organ donor.

Think about it. Talk about it. Bring up the subject with your family and share the pros and cons.

Even if your answer is no, that’s much better than being afraid to even ask yourself the question.

Are you an organ donor? Why, or why not? What are the thoughts or feelings holding you back from signing up? Does the story of Keith Aubin inspire you in some way?

  • Wow, some solid philosophical questions in this post . . . now you’ve got ME thinking! Good, good stuff, and thanks for spreading the word, as always.

    • Glad you enjoyed the tale, Nate. It’s good to think about difficult questions sometimes, though I don’t have all the answers either. Good luck on finding interesting families for me to write about 😉