May 8, 1921 - November 11, 2000
When my father, Tatsuo Harada, died of a heart attack on November 11th, my family requested donations in lieu of flowers. While a logical choice would have been to designate the funds to an association devoted to heart conditions, my mother, two brothers, and I quickly agreed that Anaphylaxis Canada, a less established organization, would benefit greatly.
A practical man, and one who dedicated thousands of hours to volunteer work over the course of a lifetime, my father would have readily agreed with this decision. My 6-year old son, Julian, and four of his young cousins, have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis.
Friends and relatives who came to pay their last respects all described my father as 'caring', 'generous'�'always keeping the best interests of others in mind'. It is fitting that, in death, he should continue to give through donations made in his name. My family has been overwhelmed by the generosity of those around us.
Won't you continue the gift of giving? Broach the idea of in memoriam donations when discussing final wishes with a loved one, or consider making a donation in the name of a deceased relative or friend during the holidays or on the anniversary of his/her passing. In this way, we keep their memories alive and help those who are living with anaphylaxis.
Laurie Harada is on the Board of Directors of Anaphylaxis Canada