“They say everyone has a story. I didn’t. I really didn’t. I’m not the mother who has to live for her kids. I am not the kid who has his whole life in front of them. I’m not going to cure cancer. I am not going to make a big impact. . But while I was in the hospital and afterwards, I realized how special I am. Everybody is. You think you’re ordinary. But the fact is you do have a story. Everyone one of us. . I had never been in the hospital before. I was 60 years old. I always figured if I got sick enough, I would just lay down and die. And that was OK. I knew where my heart was. I knew where my soul was going. . But it turns out I am a fighter. And I am glad to know that. You don’t realize how many people you impact until something like that happens. So about a year and a half later, I decided that this is my story. My story is that you don’t have to be special because you already are.” . Linda Wright received a liver transplant on May 30, 2011. — Follow my project @the_waitinglist for more stories featuring people connected by the one decision to say yes to the gift of life. #endthewaitinglist
"I was too ill to be placed on the transplant waiting list, so I needed a living donor to survive. I have known Sally Robertson since I was in eight grade; her daughter was my friend. I was sitting on my parent's couch when the phone rang, a call that would change my life forever. That is how life works: one person, one decision, one kidney, one phone call can save one's life." . Valen Keefer received a living kidney donation from Sally Robertson on August 13, 2002. — Follow my project @the_waitinglist for more stories featuring people connected by the one decision to say yes to the gift of life. #endthewaitinglist
October 25, 2013 at 9:26PM // Meet Adriana Martinez of Houston, Texas. Her husband, Orestes Martinez, 26, was killed on the job in April 2009 while working for J.T. Vaughn Enterprises in Houston, Texas. Orestes was crushed when a two-ton door fell on him while installing it at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Federal OSHA investigated the incident and proposed a $10,000 penalty for two serious violations. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced to $3,500 for one serious violation.
October 24, 2018 at 10:15AM EST. Washington DC. // Thanks for inspiring me this morning @anastasiavt. The possibilities are endless. It is all happening... #ten15am . Follow @ten15am to see more pictures from around the world taken at 10:15AM.