Sunday, October 30, 2011

Speeches and shit

Our son, Daniel Kerry Couey lost is fight for life but won the battle for love on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.

Danny received his first heart transplant in 1997 when he was 14 years old.  In 2004 he was re-listed to wait for another heart. He received it on Monday, October 24th and then passed it on by donating his eyes. 

Danny never defined himself by his limitations and is an inspiration to all who knew him. He loved life fiercely and never feared the unknown, especially death. Teaching people to be true to themselves and to do the right thing was a calling of his. He said, "everyone deserves a second chance, so don't fuckin' blow it."  After receiving his his 2nd chance we were all in awe of his donor family's gift of life in the midst of their heartbreak. Then having faced his sister Mary's death, our entire family now truly understands what that gift means.  Danny donated his eyes so others can see the true beauty of a smile, the love of family and friends, and the undefinable price of living.  

Danny's wish is for everyone to sign up to be an organ donor.  It is the greatest gift you can give. 

1 comment:

  1. Danny is awesome! And nice speech, Rose, you are awesome, too. You fought long and hard for him as well. He's always been a fighter, and a very sweet one at that!

    And I love what you quoted that he said - so "to the point!"

    Love you!!! XXXXOOOO