Cicero Speechwriting Award-winning speechwriter Sarah Gray has written a book about her infant son, who died six days after his birth and whose organs, eyes and tissues she and her husband consented to donate for transplant or research.
After several years of wondering what became of those donations, Gray and her husband visited the facilities that received them—“and what an eye-opener it was!”
Gray gave a TEDMED Talk that’s been seen more than a million times and now she’s out with A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science, published by HarperCollins.
Sarah’s journey to find solace and understanding takes her beyond her son’s donations—offering a breathtaking overview of the world of medical research and the valiant scientists on the horizon of discovery. She goes behind the scenes at organ procurement organizations, introducing skilled technicians for whom death means saving lives, empathetic counselors, and the brilliant minds who are finding surprising and inventive ways to treat and cure disease through these donations. She also shares the moving stories of other donor families.
Well done, Sarah Gray.