A Transplant Story

I have spent the last 3 days with my St. Norbert College family in the Green Bay area. It is my other home.  I have been fortunate to have been a  Trustee at SNC for about 12  years . I am blessed to work on stuff that is bigger than all of us with like minded people on the board, college staff, and students.  Daughter Annie is a 1999 graduate and my involvement  become a passion. Now our adopted daughter Vanessa is a sophomore at SNC and it will be a transformational experience for her as it is for most students.

St. Norbert College is  a national recognized 4 year college founded over 100 years ago on the banks of the Fox River in De Pere, WI. by the Norbertine order.  It is a beautiful college campus, but the real differentiator is the is the culture, traditions,  and  the Norbertine ideal of communio which is characterized by mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility.  It is a very special place with special people and our graduates are a unique  product of the environment.  They act with personal integrity; develop meaningful personal goals; and build relationships based on mutual respect.  Our generation is leaving significant problems for the next generations to solve and these graduates are prepared to tackle them.

I found that my blog is followed by my fellow board members, my Norbertine friends, staff, students, and the advancement folks.  Where else can I get 3 Abbots to pray for me at the same time?  As a family, we  are always there for each other which is easy for Nancy and I because we are better “givers” than “takers”.  But now  we are  on the receiving side of the equation which is new to us.  The support, words of encouragement, and prayers from everyone these last few days is overwhelming. Nancy and I are very fortunate to be part of the family.  All of you are and will continue to be  significant in our lives.

One of these family members put me in contact with a liver transplant recipient in Green Bay.  Nancy and I to talked with her today.  Erin is a news anchor for one of the local TV stations. She is outgoing, smart, and an advocate within the transplant community. She received her transplant 20-years ago. Today she feels perfectly normal and takes only one little pill a day for anti-rejection.  Thanks Erin for taking the time out to talk with us. It was a real learning experience.  It is obvious things have advanced significantly since her transplant.  It is also obvious her  entire experience has been a positive  and it has enhanced her ability to help others.  Here is some information on Erin which illustrates the impact she has had on the community.



Thanks Erin for all you have done…..

2 Responses to “A Transplant Story”

  1. 1 Judi & Ray Walker
    October 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Dan and Nancy
    We wanted to take a moment to mention how much we enjoy reading your blog and admire your positive insight. Your act of giving never ceases..The information you provide is huge and provides others with hope. Just the shear mention of “doing our own research” and not always “relying on others” for the answer can be the solution. You both are so amazing…
    Much love

  2. October 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Dan and Nancy: We’re with you every step of the way, supporting and cheering you on. Your blog will surely create a better understanding of the vital necessity of organ donations and the impact that simple unselfish act provides. As long as we’ve known the two of you, we’ve learned that your lives reflect kindness, goodness, and generosity of heart and spirit….you’re champions in success at every level, and this is but another small hurdle that you’ll surely overcome with grace and dignity. We love you dearly and stand ready to assist in any way we can to help make this transition an easy one. And we’ll read with great interest all the details of your new journey, which will undoubtedly be extremely successful. Now to make sure that both Phil and I include ourselves as donors; never before did we feel it so necessary.

    All our love,
    Sherry & Phil

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