Sarah Gray is an award-winning speechwriter, public speaker, organ, eye and tissue donation advocate, donor parent, and author of A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy's Gift to Medical Science (HarperOne).
When Gray received the devastating news that her unborn twin son Thomas was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition that meant he would not survive long beyond birth, she decided she wanted his death—and life—to have meaning. In the weeks before she gave birth to her sons in 2010, she arranged to donate Thomas’s organs to medical research. Later curious about how the donations were being used, Gray embarked on a quest for those answers that took her to some of the most prestigious scientific facilities in the country, including those at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania. Pulling back the curtain of protocol and confidentiality, Gray met the researchers and scientists who received Thomas’s donations, and learned how they’re being used in cutting-edge research for medical discoveries to benefit humanity.
A Life Everlasting is an unforgettable testament to hope, a tribute to life and discovery, and a portrait of unsung heroes pushing the boundaries of medical science for the benefit of all humanity. Gray’s journey to find solace and understanding takes her beyond her son’s donations—offering a breathtaking overview of the world of medical research and the valiant scientists on the horizon of discovery. She goes behind the scenes at organ procurement organizations, introducing skilled technicians for whom death means saving lives, empathetic counselors, and the brilliant minds who are finding surprising and inventive ways to treat and cure disease through these donations. She also shares the moving stories of other donor families.
Gray regularly speaks around the country about the experience of being a donor mom as well as advocating for the cause. She and her family have shared their story with national and international media outlets, including CNN, NBC News.com, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Radiolab, and Today.com. Currently, Gray is the Director of Communications for the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) in McLean, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Public Communication from American University. As well, she is a member of the National Press Club.
Gray lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Ross, and children, Callum and Jocelyn.
Praise for A Life Everlasting:
“An informative account of the various aspects of organ donation and an inspiring affirmation of the potential value of every life, however brief. ”
“Sarah Gray’s A Life Everlasting proves that it’s not tragedy that defines us; rather, it’s the way we handle tragedy that leaves an indelible imprint on the future.”
--Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy
“Sarah Gray’s memoir chronicles her journey toward healing after her newborn son’s death, as well as her fascinating quest inside the world of organ, eye, and tissue donation. This lovely book is a reminder that even the shortest lives can make a big difference.”
--Anna Whiston-Donaldson, New York Times bestselling author of Rare Bird
“Both poignant and uplifting, A Life Everlasting is not just the story of Thomas Gray; it is also the story of researchers and donation facilitators. Most of all, it is a story of how science can give meaning to both life and death.”