At 5 p.m. today they will finish harvesting all of Bear’s major organs. Eight of his organs will be going to 7 different patients, all but one of them in the Houston area. We find comfort in knowing how thankful these families are for Bear’s final gift.
When I know more about the Funeral, I will post it. I am heading to Houston Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately things did not work out well for my family yesterday. However, many other families are getting a welcomed phone call as my cousin Bear was an organ donor.
Bear died doing something he loved, riding his motorcycle. However, I wonder if he had been wearing a helmet would he have had a fighting chance? Bear leaves behind his parents, his sister (who was also his best friend) his son Bailey (who turns 11 next month) and lots of friends and family. We cousins were so close, we always hung out together and enjoyed each others company. The August Vacation with the cousins won’t be the same without Bear (his real name is James Sparks).
One more time in tragedy I am shown His power. Rob was supposed to work on Life Flight last night, however he came down with a horrible stomach virus. It was his helicopter that responded to Bear’s motorcycle accident. Rob can see and deal with a lot of nasty stuff, but God knew that attempting to put his cousin (his friend, his going out buddy, his wing man), back together would have been too much.
We are all very very sad, but I am thankful he died doing what he loved, he was unconscious the whole time, and many other people are given a new chance at life with his organs. The organ donor things brings a smile to my face because Bear was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back and his last dollar to help you out. Even in death he is willing to give strangers everything he has.
How I want to Remember Him
Bear & Bailey – doing something they loved…fishing
He loved this, I hated it.