9 a.m., Sept. 6)
Curran's family urges other families to discuss importance
of organ donation
Special to Orléans Online
death of Orléans resident Emerson Curran
has brought the issue of organ donation back
to the forefront. Photo courtesy of Jillian
days have passed since the Curran family descended into
shock, pain, and despair.
The news of Emerson's injury that later led to his death
has left a trail of heavy hearts, particularly for father
Michael, mother Catrina, brothers Graeme and Liam, and
sister Lauren. The story has drawn considerable media
attention locally and even nationally.
is a sad story of a young man taken far too early from
a life filled with promise and love.
to the nature of Emerson's death there has been a lot
of speculation as publications have drawn on apparent
witnesses and secondary sources of information. The truth
of the matter is, we will likely never know the entire
truth of the what happened. It is a story that will continue
for weeks, months, and even years. So then, what next?
What sense can be extracted from this senseless event?
just settling into adulthood at the age of 20, opened
his eyes to the horizon...realizing that there is a whole
world out there. He has been fortunate to have experienced
love and adventure. In such a short time he experienced
so much; some highlights being a week long canoe trip
with his grandfather, climbing the highest mountain in
the Adirondacks with family (in the middle of winter no
less), a month long tour of China with father and grandparents,
a summer adventure up north to Yellowknife, and of course
the love and friendships that he experienced throughout
his twenty year journey.
let us not forget what Emerson left behind...expressing
an explicit wish to his parents that should anything happen,
he wanted his organs to be donated...anything and everything.
his passing, Emerson has very likely changed the lives
of five other people in need of organ transplants. including
their families and friends. Gifts of life! Of course we
must mourn the passing of a promising future, but we should
also celebrate a life well lived!
parents have realized firsthand the reality of organ donation,
and the importance of having prepared for that very difficult
decision. It is a decision that is different for every
family, but one that should not be neglected.
one friend of the family, upon learning of Emerson's death,
wrote that him and his wife had immediately had that discussion,
however unpleasant. That discussion finished with two
more registered organ donors.
family has expressed their encouragement for families
to simply consider organ donation (fully respecting that
it is not a suitable option for every family). It is an
important discussion that could change people's lives,
and could even help to make sense of the senseless!
for organ donation can now be done through a government
site. Please refer to the link below: http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
www.orleansonline.ca's main page