Meeting The Man With My Son’s Heart

How I wish that Vic’s heart was still beating! I wish I could hug someone knowing that she had given them life. What a beautiful gift! The gift of life.


On January 1, 2014 my son gave the gift of life so that others may live out of his death. On this day someone received his heart among other organs. The letter we received in the mail 7 weeks later only  that simply said, “Richie’s heart was transplanted into a 68 year-old married gentleman from Georgia. His transplant center informed us that he had been on the transplant waiting list since October of 2013.” That is all we knew about him. We now knew he was a man and his age. something to hold onto.

I quickly wrote him back. Eager to learn more of this man with my son’s heart. And also to just know that he was doing well. Then we received a letter from him. It arrived at the end of March but was dated on Valentine’s Day. I now knew his name! Lance! He spoke of…

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I am a sixty plenty wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. I started blogging as a coping mechanism during my beautiful daughter's final journey. Vic was desperately ill for 10 years after a botched back operation. Vic's Journey ended on 18 January 2013 at 10:35. She was the most courageous person in the world and has inspired thousands of people all over the world. Vic's two boys are monuments of her existence. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. I will miss you today, tomorrow and forever my Angle Child.