Editor,April is National Donate Life Month and like so many other families, my family too has been affected by organ donation. This is a subject that we gave little thought about until the old cliche "life or death" became our literal reality. In August 2001, my husband and I welcomed our first child into our family. Vittoria was born with Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that most commonly affects the heart, joints, eyes and blood vessels. Vittoria didn't let the physical challenges hold her back as she impacted everyone around her with a very strong, happy, cheerful, fearless, determined, and extremely polite personality. She was as fluent in Italian as she was in English and her artistic abilities were well beyond her years as she was always drawing and sketching in her free time. She truly amazed all who knew her.