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(Posted 9 a.m., Sept. 6)
Emerson Curran's family urges other families to discuss importance of organ donation

Special to Orléans Online

The death of Orléans resident Emerson Curran has brought the issue of organ donation back to the forefront. Photo courtesy of Jillian Gummo.

Fourteen 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.

It is a sad story of a young man taken far too early from a life filled with promise and love.

Due 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?

Emerson, 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.

Finally, 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.

In 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!

Emerson's 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.

Inspirationally, 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.

Emerson's 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!

Registration for organ donation can now be done through a government site. Please refer to the link below: http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-

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