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The tale of the million-dollar Bentley

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Have you gone to the signupforlife.ca website and became an organ donor? If not the only question I have is "Why haven’t you?"

No one wants to talk about the "D word." Yes death. So let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about life. Saving a life or multiple lives, that is. From a tragedy can come something great. And let’s face it, when the time comes those organs are no longer being used by us. Why let them go to waste?

I want to tell you about a very amazing story I just read on Transplant Manitoba’s Facebook page. A very rich man from Brazil decided he was going to bury his million-dollar Bentley so when he passed away he could enjoy driving it in the afterlife. This caused a lot of controversy and media attention. People could not believe his crazy decision. They figured his car should be used for something more appropriate. Like being given to charity.

The burial ceremony began and, just as the car was being lowered in to the ground, the man stopped everything to reveal that all he was trying to do was create awareness of organ donation. This is how he started off Brazil’s National Organ Donation Week. What a great way to start it.

His point was to prove that every day people bury valuable organs that could save lives. Organs that are worth so much more than an object.

The controversy that was created was because everyone knew he couldn’t take his car with him so why wouldn’t he let someone else have it?

This works the same way with organs.

I think this was such a great idea. So many organs are being wasted on a daily basis when so many people are waiting for donors. It’s sad that so many people worried about keeping a vehicle from being buried

That story really made me think.

I hope it has an impact on anyone who reads this. If you are not an organ donor already, maybe you will consider visiting going to the signupforlife.ca website and becoming one.

It only takes a couple of minutes to help save a life.

Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City.

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