In Her Own Words: Mary Cousineau's Heroic Donation

However, in February when my mom, sister and I returned to Minnesota to thank the doctors and nurses who had cared for Evan, and had an opportunity to see Dominik, I knew that it was time to be tested to be Dominik's donor. I felt a conviction that this was something I needed to do, and once again, my women's intuition kicked in as I "just knew" that I would be Dom's match.

A week later, back in California, I received a call telling me that I was completely compatible to be Dominik's donor. I had more extensive testing done to ensure that I was physically capable of undergoing such an inclusive surgery, and on April 30, a year from that ominous day when Evan had his seizure, I told the Lawsons that I would be offering their son a new chance at life.

It was the perfect way to embrace our family's mission to "Save Lives in Honor of Evan." On May 21, the surgery happened and what a supreme honor it was to provide "hope" to another family in a desperate situation. Today, Dominik and I are both doing wonderfully, and our families look forward to many more years together.

Over time, my mom found her calling and developed Evan's Entourage, which in turn is promoting the catchphrase,"Be a Hero, Become a Donor." Through this we are able to promote bone marrow and stem cell donation, blood donation, cord blood donation and organ donation. Through the most terrible of circumstances, lives are being saved -- what an honor it is to save lives in Evan's memory.

Like Mary, you too can become a organ donor. For more information visit the United Network For Organ Sharing Web site. Learn the facts about organ donation and find out how to become a donor in your state. You can also read more inspiring stories about donating life.

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