Man. I hate that.
I hate that it happened. I hate that people are hurt. I hate that those college kid's parents got that phone call in the middle of the night, the one that every parent fears. And if I'm honest, I hate it because it isn't fair. If someone was going to get hurt it should've been the drunk driver, not the college kids who had a designated driver. They were doing the right thing, why should they get the worst of it?
But life isn't fair.
The passenger in the vehicle hit by the drunk driver had a severe head injury. After putting up a tremendous fight, the 22 year old passenger, Michael Collins, passed away 5 days later.
Tragic. Senseless. Heartbreaking.
During the 5 days he was in the hospital I began to learn about Michael. Ends up he's a really good kid. Described as kind, witty, lover of life, natural leader, and very faithful. He was a baseball player and loved the game. Played for Heartland Community College and was now assisting his dad who coached a high school baseball team as he finished up his degree. He was a strong Christian, his parents were very proud of his faith in God and relationship with the Lord. Although I didn't know him, it's apparent that he was a great person who touched a lot of lives during his short time here.
This may not seem like a special story. Unfortunately, great people are killed by drunk drivers all too often.
But, something beautiful came out of this mess.
Michael was an organ donor. His organ and tissue donation will help around 200 people. He will save some lives and help people to have a better quality of life with his donation.
But that's not all. One of Michael's friends set up a Facebook page to help keep Michael's legacy of giving and kindness alive. She wants to "honor Michael and his giving nature by sharing and conducting random acts of kindness in his name". Pay it Forward for Michael Collins, #MCStrong was born. Since then, the Facebook page is blowing up with people sharing how they've paid it forward for Michael.
|To be handed out with cab fare certificates at downtown pubs.|
|envelope taped to garbage can|
|Goody bags with Michael's picture and story|
|#MCStrong in San Francisco|
|MCStrong at DisneyWorld|
It is my hope in sharing Michael's story that you would be moved to pay it forward with a random act of kindness.
Linking up to Momastry to spread #MCStrong.