From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 25

My seven-year-old son, Nicholas, was shot by robbers while we were on vacation in southern Italy. When the doctors told us there was no hope, I wondered how I would ever get through all the years without him. My wife and I did donate his organs to seven very sick Italians, some of whom would certainly be dead by now.

Having been a daily newspaper writer much of my life, I did what comes naturally: I wrote. And wrote. And wrote. And writers all over the world picked up the story from my words and wrote memorable pieces of their own.

In the end, as the words written and spoken about Nicholas found their way around the world, he did more than we could possibly have foreseen. His brief innocent life sent an electric charge through the human spirit, reminding us all of the preciousness of life and hence the importance of living up, rather than down, to it.

Reg Green

Even out of great tragedy
can come some remarkable good.

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