If you’re skimming the Globe magazine’s “Giving issue” today, you might have missed the Grafton reference on page 36. One of the small profiles scattered throughout the issue is Karl Chapin, 59, a Grafton resident who willingly gave — are you ready for this? — his left kidney.
Wow. One of my former co-workers’ big causes was kidney donation, particularly times when a person motivated by nothing but the desire to help a stranger offered up a kidney. This is one of those stories.
Chapin writes that he found his organ donor card in his wallet and got to thinking — why wait until he was dead? He found the site matchingdonors.com and was inspired by the story of an Arlington restaurant owner.
“A part of my body changed a man’s life,” writes Chapin, who lost a hand saving a man in the Vietnam War. “I just took a little pain.”
Bonus! Chapin was on WBZ back in June. I can’t imbed it, but you can see the video here.