Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 272: Collected Items For A Charity Auction

Before I get started with today's random act, I have a favor that I would like to ask of everyone.  If you get a chance, please tune in to The Steve Harvey Show today.  Back on Day 257, I stated that my random act was a mystery.  The reason that I did that is because at the time, I wasn't able to reveal it due to the face that I had to keep it secret that 366 Random Acts was going to have a small segment on the show.  So if you have some time (or wish to utilize DVR), please check it out as Day 257 is revealed.

In January, I registered to become an organ and tissue donor at the request of my friend Dan.  The reason Dan asked me to do that is because his son was born with a condition that may one day require a liver transplant.  I was more than happy to do so and would ask one more time if everyone can take 30 seconds out of their day and register to become a donor yourself here.  Dan recently reached out to me and told me about another family whose son is going through something very similar.  Nathan Lau was born on December 30th, 2011 with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia.  The disease results in the blockage or absence of the bile duct between the liver and small intestine, and many times necessitates a transplant.  That is the point that Nathan and the Lau family find themselves at right now.  The cost of a transplant can sometimes reach upwards of $500,000, so a massive effort has been put in place to help the Laus raise the money.  Tomorrow, in conjunction with the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), there will be a bowling tournament and charity auction to help raise funds for Nathan.  When Dan let me know about the auction, I decided to spring into action to see what I could do to help.  Through the power of Twitter and this blog, I was able to reach out to some athletes who were more than willing to help with the donation of items.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I am collecting auction items to be donated to help raise money for Nathan.  Thanks to the generous donations of Charles "Peanut" Tillman and The Charles Tillman Foundation, Kyle Korver and his family, DJ Moore, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, a great amount of money should be generated to help with Nathan's transplant.  I look forward to meeting up with everyone tomorrow for the tournament and to crushing Dan in bowling.


  1. Thanks so much for bringing organ donation back to your blog again. Both my husband (tendon, to repair his ACL so he could walk again) and my babygirl (kidney, so she could have a normal kid life again) have benefitted from organ transplantation.

    I have no adequate words to express my thanks to organ donors.


  2. Ryan,I saw you yesterday on the Steve Harvey show. Good job!! I'm sure the hungry people around navy pier appreciated the free hot dogs that you gave them.

    I hope you got lots of great stuff for the auction from the famous athletes.

    I hope everything goes well so that the Lau family will have the money that they need for the transplant.

    Goodluck to everyone and God bless you all!!!