“I am the vessel for my donor’s heart. I shall honor it, cherish it and respect it by placing one foot in front of the other!” – William Spence
My name is William Spence. Im 62 years old and I am a Heart Transplant recipient. On January 1, 2014, I received my Gift from an unknown donor. If I hadnt I would not be here writing this plea. I spent the later part of 2013 believing I would not see my next birthday. There are thousands of others in that same desperate position! Waiting, hoping, praying; that a compatible organ or tissue donor will give them their Gift. Fortunately, I have been able to regain a fair portion of my life back.
I want to celebrate these last two years that I have been gifted with and honor the donor and their family that made them possible. In doing so, I want to shine what I hope to be a national spotlight on the massive need for organ and tissue donors. Not everyone can be a donor, but the more people that sign up; the better the chances are the compatible donors can be found for those who still wait, hope and pray. I am making this my mission.
I planned to hike the Appalachian Trail in April 2016, but my first attempt was unsuccessful, and am now looking ahead to next year and planning for a second attempt in late April or early May of 2017 (TBD). The trail covers 2190 miles across 14 states. My mission and goal is to register one new organ and tissue donor for each of those miles.
If you are already a donor, I thank you! If not, please register at Registerme.org/tinman. Then follow me on my blog.