Born on the tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001 and killed during the tragic Ariz. shootings — another day that marked tragedy in the U.S. — Christina Green’s brief life made a large impact on the lives of many, including a child on the East Coast, who benefitted from the donation of Green’s organs.
The Arizona Republic reports that a friend helping the Green family said the organ donation network called on Jan. 12, telling them that Green’s donation had already saved the life of a little girl in Boston.
Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, told mourners at the 9-year-old’s funeral that her organs were donated.
On Jan. 12, President Barack Obama said that it is incumbent upon the country to live up to the vision of it held by Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001 and aspired to be a political leader and a Major League Baseball player.
“Imagine,” the president said. “Here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.” More…