The Truth Is That We Never Really Know…

The truth is that we never really know the day we will pass away.

Stefan Henze, coach of the German Olympic canoe slalom team, was at the pinnacle of his Olympic career in Rio. Henze was a top performer in his sport before going into coaching. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Stefan Henze, coach of the German Olympic canoe slalom team, was at the pinnacle of his Olympic career in Rio. Henze was a top performer in his sport before going into coaching. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

He died on August 15th as a result of sustaining severe head injuries that occurred when the taxi he was riding in near the Olympic Park had an accident. Henze had been in a Rio hospital since undergoing emergency surgery the previous Friday.

He was only 35.

“We know that Stefan’s own Olympic thoughts live on in many people,” Henze’s family said in a statement.

“Heart, liver and both kidneys have been successfully transplanted. Thus he has saved four lives,” a Brazilian health ministry spokeswoman said in Wednesday editions of the German daily newspaper Die Welt.

It’ s traumatic enough on your surviving family and friends to die unexpectedly near where you live, it’s hard to imagine the additional stress on the family when your death occurs on a world stage 6000 miles away.

While I have not been able to corroborate this fact, I suspect that Stefan had previously stated and/or documented that he wanted to be an organ donor in the event of his death. Organ donation is challenging enough in one’s own country, let alone being on an alternate continent.

Clearly Stefan’s legacy will live on in others, the ultimate demonstration of the Olympic Spirit.

Are you interested in being an organ donor?

Great! Talk to your Family. To help your family understand and carry out your wishes, you need to sit down with your loved ones and tell them about your decision to be an organ and tissue donor.

Check out www.organdonor.gov to learn more about becoming an organ donor and be sure to register with the organ donation program in your state as well.

Organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation provide a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. You have the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these miracles happen. It could be your ultimate legacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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