I want you to kn ow that the Philippines composed primarily of people with conservative and traditional Filipino values?  It is difficult to initiate a discussion about organ donation.  Most are not even comfortable discussing funeral arrangements openly, so the subject of organ donation is an even more sensitive matter.  Filipinos are a compassionate bunch and would always welcome doing a good deed but because of cultural apprehensions, misinformation or lack of information, they are driven to believe misconceptions and thus stay off the topic as much as possible.

            I want you to know that donating a kidney is a major decision.  As an altruistic donor, it is important that I should fully understand how donating a kidney will affect me and my family.  But I haven’t a second thought about this decision. Then, I made an arrangement to God that if I passed all the medical laboratory tests including the Bioethics Committee panel interview.  I heartily believe that He permitted me to be your kidney brother.

            I want you to know that we won’t forget the moment when it happens because many souls will sing praises to God because we are giving hope and inspiration to them.  We are giving a deeper meaning of the Gospel verses in Matthew saying that …Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  I was reminded when Jesus says “Whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers, that you do unto me.”  In the other words, “It is Jesus Christ who comes to us first, making us His neighbor, to succor us, heal us and save us,” Blessed Pope John Paul II said.  Indeed, in this teaching Jesus tells us that our relationship with our fellowmen is inseparable from our relationship with God.  Love of God and love of our neighbors are two aspects of the same calling.

            I want you to know that I am voluntarily offering my organ to someone who is depending on a machine to exist from week to week because I’m doing this for the greater glory of God.  And as an advocate that everyone could be a gift of life.  I made this also as a promotion to increase the supply of organs from an altruistic donor for transplantation and to help recipients experience life and not take life for granted.

            I want you to know that I am also open to whatever possibly happens.  At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain is ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life will stop.  I am not afraid to it.  I want you to know that death is not the end of life.  It is far from it.  It is only the beginning of real life, the ultimate reality.  Death is simply the door through which we enter the real, true eternal life.  Words will be inadequate to describe this eternal bliss to come immediately upon death.  This is why we need not fear death at all.  If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.  If you do all I have asked, I will live forever because you’re my kidney brother.