The world lost a good one yesterday. A truly phenomenal person.
That’s how I was brought closer to his family almost 12 years ago.As some of you may know, my dad had a kidney transplant when I was 19. I, at the time was unable to donate my own due to my age. One person was NOT too young, and that person was Joe.
Joe selflessly donated an organ to a friend just so his friend could live a little bit longer. My dad wasn’t his blood. He was just a longtime friend in need, fading quickly, with a mourning family, and Joe wanted to help.
You see, that’s the thing about Joe… He was selfless. I can sit here and honestly say that he was a good one. He had a pure good soul about him. Sure, he gave my dad a chance to live and in turn my dad was apart of so many things in life that I didn’t think he’d see.
Although Joe did this, that’s not why I’m saying he is a good soul. No. It was a privilege to get to know him through the journey he went on with my family. That was just how God brought us all altogether.
But aside from all of that (because he was a humble guy and wouldn’t want tons of recognition), he was a genuine person. He was loyal. He was funny. He was kind. His heart was so warm. Anytime I would see him, his smile was like a window into his soul and it was truly magical.
So although he gave part of himself so another could live, that’s not what makes Joe such an impact on others lives. That wasn’t even touching the surface of the kind of person he was.
And if saving someone’s life isn’t even touching the surface of a person’s character, then you know he was a special one. There is no doubt in my mind that Joe isn’t sitting with the big Man upstairs looking down at all of us and wishing people would stop talking about how wonderful he was.
Because… Well, because that was just Joe. That’s just the kind of guy he was. I’m beyond blessed to have gotten to know him and his family like I did.
All because of a kidney…
Rest easy Joe. You will always be family to me. ❤❤❤
With honest intentions,