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geotina
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Your most kinds words of love, encouragement and sympathy has warmed my heart beyond words. Christy and I are relaxing a bit now as all plans have been finalized. George's visitation will be tomorrow and a memorial service Saturday morning followed by a luncheon at one of his favorite restaurants. We think we did things very elegant, simple and dignified. With my daughter's approval we did direct cremation. There will be a table set up with red roses, George's picture and an urn. If you care to see his obit you can visit the funeral home website and it is on there. It is: Fred Wood Funeral Home, Livonia, Michigan. (sorry, I don't know how to do a link but you can just google it).

If anything good can come of this it is that the Michigan Eye Bank called on the day George passed away and asked us if we would consider donating his eyes. I didn't think donation was possible with cancer but they said as long as it is not eye cancer. Then they asked about a bunch of diseases and George had none of them so we gave our ok and his eyes were harvested for transplantation I think the same day or with 24 hours. Giving a gift to someone else eases the pain a little.

Love to all - Tina

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HollyID
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I wanted to chime in and tell you how sorry I am to hear about George. I learned of his death a couple of days ago from another site. You have no idea how this touched me. Both of you have been there with me with my fight. I'm glad to know that he passed with peace and you by his side. Much love to you!

Hugs and Love,

Holly

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maglets
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well done darling girl.....so proud of you .....

the Eye Bank story is so wonderful....i have often wondered if anyone would want any part of us....? excellent news....

thinking about you Tina and sending best prayers and love....

mags

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dmj101
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Joined: Nov 2011

Tina, you are appearing so strong.. and that is wonderful
I too think it is wonderful you were able to provide sight to someone on behalf of George.

May you and your daughter find peace.

Donna

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steveandnat
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Joined: Sep 2011

You are such an inspiration to everyone. I found it very interesting about donating Georges eyes. I thought with cancer you couldn't donate anything. Thanks. Praying you have a great service. Jeff

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Lovekitties
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Joined: Jan 2010

Thank you for sharing this information with us.

During this time of loss and sorrow, there will also be times of relief...that George is no longer suffering. You traveled a very tough road with him through this. Your love and support was obvious in all you posted.

Prayers for you, your daughter and other loved ones as you share wonderful memories of your George.

Marie who loves kitties

For those who want to view the obituary here is the site:

http://www.fredwoodfuneralhome.com/obituaries.php

Once you get to the page, click on "George Chris Gerges"

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JayhawkDan
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Joined: Apr 2012

goes out to you Tina. And you've done a great, great thing by helping someone obtain sight. You're in my prayers. Dan

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Aud
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Joined: Oct 2009

What a generous, beautiful gift! I want to express my condolences again to you Tina. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband George. To love so much makes it hurt much. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that the memories you and he had made over all these years together will one day soon give you happiness.
In the Light,
Audrey

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Sundanceh
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Joined: Jun 2009

I thought we were ineligible since we had cancer too...George's story has now educated the entire forum and helps to illustrate what "Pay It Forward" really means....

Very moved...big hugs!

-Craig

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Kathleen808
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Joined: Jan 2009

Tina,
You continue to give and love. What a beautiful tribute to your husband to give the gift of sight. You remain in my prayers.

Aloha,

Kathleen

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tommycat
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Joined: Aug 2011

I am touched and impressed that you were able to think of others during this time of tremendous grief.
With a very warm hug,
Tommycat

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Doc_Hawk
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Joined: Jan 2012

The love, support and care that you showed to George during his battle as well as granting sight to someone goes such a long way to tell what a very special person you are. While I'm still a relatively new member on this board, I have come to think of it as a family and I hope that you will continue as our sister to let us know how you're doing.

Ray/Doc

Luv2lunch
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Joined: Aug 2010

We just wanted to express our sincere condolences to you.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and yours.
Sincerely,
Linda and Mom

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tootsie1
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Joined: Feb 2008

I love that you were able to share that gift with someone! I know this is going to be such a touch time for you, but I'm praying you will have peace.

*hugs*
Gail

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PhillieG
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Joined: May 2005

I'm so sorry to hear about George. I do believe that at times something good can come out of something tragic. I'm glad that George's eyes can be donated so that they can help someone else. I was also under the impression that we were damaged goods, it's nice to know that we can still help others even when we pass away..

My condolences Tina,
-phil

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

...and now just think of the wonderful sights George will be seeing....both with his eyes and his spirit!!!

Hugs dearheart!

Kathi

Cathleen Mary
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Joined: May 2011

Tina,

You are in my heart and prayer this day of George's memorial service. Strength for you and Chrissy.. What a wonderful thought that someone is now seeing the world through George's eyes!

Hugs,
Cathleen Mary

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Sonia32
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Joined: Mar 2009

Tina big hugs, what a wonderful thing you did donating his eyes.

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k44454445
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Joined: Jul 2012

thank you for letting us know how the day went. what a wonderful gift you have given someone. big warm fuzzy hugs to you.
judy

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