Two families met today for the first time but their lives are linked in a way other families could only wish for.
The words they whispered to each other are private as they should be. The bond they share can only be imagined. Cheryl Guadiz’s husband died in a motorcycle accident last year. He was an organ donor.
“He’s a person that would always help someone that needed help. And always be there for them, doing whatever he could do,” said Cheryl Guadiz.
Sabrina Josue had been on dialysis for nine years, waiting for a kidney transplant.
“At one point, I kind of lost hope. Towards the end, really and just before I lost my hope, I got that phone call,” said kidney recipient Sabrina Josue. “I’m forever grateful. I still celebrate to this day. I can’t thank my donor’s family enough. There’s no words to express how I feel.”
The decision to donate her husband Randall’s organs was made easier because he made the decision for them.
“When your loved one dies, it’s really hard to deal with that. But when you know that you can save somebody else’s life – something that your loved one can’t do any more – can’t use the organs any more, I feel that they should donate it to these people that need it,” shared Guadiz.
Legacy for Life Hawai‘i brought the two families together each in their own way, expressing gratitude.
“I don’t take anything for granted. I appreciate everyone and every thing in my life. I’m just so grateful,” said Josue.
“And I’m really happy that he saved her life so she could be with her family,” said Guadiz.
“It’s a small world,” said Kirk Matthews, KHON-2 News.
“It is. And I’m so proud of him for doing this,” Guadiz shared.
The embrace says it all.
- As reported by KHON-2 News, 28 April 2013