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Donald

By David and Joy

Donald died at the age of 30 - one day before his 31st birthday. He was fit, happy and had the world at his feet. His death was the result of a traffic accident.

Donald had a good life, making friends wherever he went. He travelled the world for over six years with his friend Travis. They worked in a summer camp in Maine, USA, taught snowboarding in Whistler, Canada, worked on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Alaska and he had many other jobs in the United Kingdom and South America.

He loved to play Australian Rules football and ride his bike. He rode through much of Europe with a group of friends. He took pleasure in everything he did and in the people he met.

He had recently returned to Australia and had started work as a Project Officer. He had just signed up to purchase a property and begin the next phase of his life.

His head injury was such that there was no hope of survival. Nothing prepares you for that news.

Donald had always been a loving and caring person and so he had told us that he wished to be an organ and tissue donor should the occasion arise.

His generosity meant that seven people's lives were saved or drastically improved by receiving his organs. Donald's heart, lungs, liver, left and right kidney and pancreas were all donated. His corneas were also donated.

As his parents it does give us some comfort to know that Donald has helped others to a better life.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

David and Joy