This video is in Mike native tongue of Armenian. I was sent the translation but I believe it needs none. The music and images speak volumes to our hearts. This song was written by one of Mike’s relatives, the number one song composer in Armenia.
Mike changed lives, he gave so much in his nineteen years and he continues to change lives daily. I can’t help but stop to think how much more Mike had to give all of us if he had lived. The world is a better place for Mike being here but it could have been so much more if Mike had not been murdered.
In my communications and talks with Mike’s family, today they still speak of Mike in the current tense. “Rose you know my boy will be twenty this Friday”, “My wife everyday sees something she wants to buy for Mike knowing he will love it”. The current tense and the frozen in time is what caused tears to flow freely as I listened to his parents. We pledge to continue to remember Mike and to support his loved ones in their quest for justice.
The investigation and charging the people who killed him over a text message has stalled. It is easy to say, “hey just one more of many murders here in L. A. county, we just don’t have the funds or the man hours to hunt these people down or build the case it would need to convict them”. If anyone deserves that extra time, care, funds to solve this and bring those to justice who did this, it is Gombert, Mike, Yepremya.
I hope each of you will contact the media in your home town to ask why? If not for Mike then who in our country is deserving of justice? Contact the national media, Keith Olbermann at Countdown@msnbc.com, Rachael Maddow at Rachel@msnbc.com and Lawrence O’Donnell at email@example.com of MSNBC, their email address, blogs and twitter accounts can be found on the MSNBC pages. Contact Anderson Cooper of CNN or Dr. Santa Gupta and ask if not Mike then who deserves justice. For once I say contact Fox News if you have a favorite person you watch on their news. Contact Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento California, and the D. A. for Los Angeles County. It takes but just a minute to say that Mike gave so much too so many and if not for Mike then who is deserving of justice in our country?
When you think life is overcoming you, or you are angry at someone, put it in the larger picture and realize what most of us face everyday is nothing compare to what Mike’s parents and loved ones face daily.
I leave you with this picture of Mike and his parents in such a happy time, and a list of how Mike continues to impact all of our lives and that his maturity at nineteen will impact our lives for the better forever. Be an organ donor.
Each of these people listed as recipients of Mike’s gift as a donor was near death and hanging on praying for a miracle. Each was at the top of the organ donor list because of their heath deterioration and the need for an organ or tissue to literally give them the gift of life.
Gombert’s [Mike] left kidney was transplanted into a 47 year old woman in southern California. She has four children and several grandchildren. With her gift of life, she no long needs dialysis.
A 51 year old woman in southern California is the recipient of Gombert’s right kidney. She is married and the mother of seven children. This woman started dialysis in 2001 and she is now free from dialysis.
Gombert’s liver was transplanted into a 63 year old woman in southern California who is the mother of seven children. We are told that she is now doing well and can look forward to a return to health.
Gombert’s heart was transplanted into a 44 year old southern California man. We are told that he has a degree in computer science and that following his transplant, he is now doing well.
In addition Gombert’s tissue in the form of bone, skin and veins is a gift of immeasurable value as there are many thousands of people waiting for a tissue transplant that will enable them to return to a normal life. The bone tissue can restore quality of life to those that may have suffered traumatic injuries, cancerous tumors or degenerative disease. Gombert’s skin tissue can be used to fill soft tissue loss from cancer or trauma, restore bladder control in the treatment of incontinence and in periodontal surgery to correct gingival defects. His veins can help patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease. Many of these patients are at risk for amputation and this is the only remaining alternative.
A Letter From one of the recipients of Mike’s gift of life:
“I am now able to walk again and I am no longer on dialysis. I have improved so much. My seven children, twenty-five grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren are all organ donors today and all give blood the gift of life often. With this experience, we have learned a lot. My family and I have learned that we should help others. The gift of life you have given to us has changed our lives and has made us realize each of us owe so much to others, we must all be organ donors.”
On New Year’s Day on the Donate Life’s float, themed “Seize the day”, in the Rose Parade Mike will be honored for the gift of life he so unselfishly gave to others in his death. There will be a single rose and a heart felt message from his family to the world.
From a Friend of Mike’s a Beautiful poem:
I wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again: .
Thought of you today, but that is nothing new.:
I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.:
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.:
All I have are memories and pictures in frames.:
Your memory is a keepsake,…from which I’ll never part….:
God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart.:
Stop for just a moment today to think and pray for Mike’s family.
Mr. and Mrs. Yepremyan, Thank you for your son who cared about others, you have changed our lives forever.
If not Mike, then who deserves justice in our country?
October 29, 2010
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