i have a pal who lives across the continent in another country who i met online. and who came a year ago to visit and sight see and attend a conference. i have other pals i know through podcasting and other online communities, some of whom i’ve met, some i haven’t. and yet they are still my friends and have a place in my life and sometimes even my heart.
so it was especially sad to learn sunday of the passing of a woman i’ve never met, whose husband i’ve never met in person and yet is someone i am in contact with in some virtual way or another several times a week. his wife died unexpectedly, and my heart breaks for him.
there story is a special one – as she was both a kidney donor and later a kidney recipient from her husband. and a member of team illinois and participant/finisher/medalist in the transplant games. donations can be made here.