It was supposed to be a family vacation in Italy for 7-year-old Nicholas Green and his family. Instead, it turned into a botched robbery attempt, unfortunate timing, and the most immense tragedy a family can experience.
When young Nicholas was shot in 1994, lay brain dead hours later in an Italian hospital, and had no hope of recovery, his parents, Reg and Maggie Green, knew they had to use Nicholas’ tragedy to save others. His donated organs, tissue and eyes immediately were used to save the lives of seven desperately ill Italians – and in the 15 years since Nicholas’ death, his story has inspired thousands of people to designate their wishes as organ donors.
Little did the Green family know what a widespread effect Nicholas’ death would have on the world. Books have been written; a movie, The Nicholas Effect, starring Jamie Lee Curtis was made; parks, streets and hospitals in Italy have been named after him; and organ donation in Italy has more than quadrupled since his death.
A newspaper journalist by profession, Reg Green, began the Nicholas Green Foundation to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation. He and his wife have made it their life quest to spread the word about the lifesaving attributes of donating organs, eyes and tissues to critically ill people who would die otherwise.
Donate Life Northwest is dedicated to the mission of providing education and outreach to help register organ, eye and tissue donors in Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information on how you can help Donate Life Northwest call them at 503-494-7888 or click here.