Rosemead Kiwanis Club

   "Serving the Community Since 1945"






The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

September 7, 1997                                                                    Vol. 2,   No. 43


To Remember Me


The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked

under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with

the living and the dying. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that,

for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.


When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by

the use of a machine. And don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the

Bed of Life, and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller



Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby s face or love

in the eyes of a woman.


Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing by endless days of pain.


Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.


Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to



Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find

a way to make a crippled child walk


Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them

grow so that someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a

deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.


Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.


If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.


Give my sins to the devil. Give my soul to God.


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.


         --- Robert N. Test (1924-1994) - this poem originally appeared

              in the Cincinnati Post in 1976 and was later reprinted by both

              columnist Ann Landers and the Reader's Digest.


              According to "As of July, 2010,

              over 108,000 people are waiting for a transplant. In 2009,

              there were 8,021 deceased organ donors and 6,610 living

              organ donors resulting in 28,465 organ transplants."


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. All of its Clubs are independently-run community service groups.