|Michelle's March team page|
Raised $500 for the Liver Life Walk
Fundraising Honor Roll
Mr. Richard Millian
Ms. Emily Sinnott
Mom and Dad
Stephanie's Restaurant Group
Mr. Fernando Grullon
Gerard dow. Emily's best friend
As a participant in the Liver Life Walk, I'm helping to move forward the fight against liver disease and I need your help!
As some of you know, I have lost someone very close to me to liver disease. Michelle Veilleux, my next-door neighbor growing up, and mother of my best friend, was diagnosed with cryptogenic cirrhosis as a child. When I was young, I didn't know what cirrhosis of the liver was, or what being on "the list" really meant, but knew that Michelle and Amanda were waiting, which in turn meant that I was waiting. We waited and waited, and then finally, WE GOT THE CALL. By the time Amanda had come over to tell my family and I the news, Michelle had already gotten to the hospital, and was being prepped for surgery.
That day, in 1997, Michelle was given the gift of LIFE, and let me tell you, she never forgot it. You would think that being sick for your entire life, being unable to conceive a child, wanting to work but being physically unable, and having to endure countless other personal challenges along the way, would make one depressed, or bitter, or feel sorry for themselves, and YES, they would have the right to. But Michelle, she did the opposite. Being unable to conceive children made her love and appreciation for her daughter (adopted as a baby) immeasurable; truly understanding the gift that she had been given made her gratitude for life profound.
Michelle was hands-down the kindest human being I have ever met in my entire life. I saw her almost every day until she moved when I was in college. We spent almost as much time together as her daughter and I did. At certain times in my life, I actually preferred being with her over hanging out with my friends. She was wonderful. She was always smiling, never raised her voice, and would giggle when I swore. She kept my secrets and I kept hers. Michelle is the only person that I have ever met who has never spoken badly of anyone. I’m serious, NEVER ONCE. Sometimes I could get an eye role out of her, but that’s about it.
Unfortunately, in 2010, after years of experiencing chronic rejection, Michelle passed away while awaiting a second liver transplant. A week before she died, I was combing her hair the way she had taught me to do mine years earlier (always start from the bottom and work your way up), because she was too exhausted to do it on her own. Afterwards I sat on the foot of her bed, and she saw a tear roll down my cheek. Instead of getting upset herself, she smiled at ME. She comforted ME. She assured ME of God’s plan. And that’s just the way she was. Always thinking about others, always putting everyone before herself, and ALWAYS being grateful for the time that she WAS given rather than focusing on the time that she had lost.
So please, help me honor Michelle Veilleux, and the amazing person that she was. Help me in
the fight against liver disease, and help me spread ORGAN DONATION awareness!
By making a donation you'll take me one step closer to my goal and take all of us another stride closer to a world free of liver disease!
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Thank you for supporting the Liver Life Walk Greater Boston on June 29, 2014!
The Liver Life Walk is a celebration of my commitment to a world free of liver disease. Please help me make that goal a reality! I support the American Liver Foundation® because it:
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