I'm sure Marie would love this excerpt from the poem "To Remember Me" by Robert Test....
Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunshine, a baby's face, or love in the eyes of a woman.
Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.
Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.
Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.
Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help flowers grow.
If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.
Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God.
If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind word to someone who needs you.
If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.
Marie very much so wanted to continue to bring awareness to organ and blood donation - if you would like to donate and need information, please contact me for more information.
Marie Shumate's Memorial Service
Trinity Lutheran Church
323 Scott Street, Monroe 48161
Sunday, April 6, 2014
As Marie was blessed with an additional year of life to share with her children, from her hero that donated her a liver - she wanted to continue to increase awareness of organ donation. At her service, the Gift of Life organ donation organization will be available for you to prayerfully consider the gift of life you too could give to others.
If you are unable to attend and wish to contribute a memorial, the fund raising web site www.gofundme.com/7alhqg has been established to offset financial obligations.
I know Marie suffered pain and anguish, just as Jesus did before and while on the cross and they both held strong to their faith and trust in the Lord.
This is her message to you
Well this time ONE YEAR AGO Marie was in recovery from her first liver transplant. It's crazy it has been 365 days already. The journey has had consisted of twists and turns and ups and downs, however one thing remains the same our faith in Jesus Christ and the bond of family. Marie is still in the hospital fighting her infection. She has her good days and bad days but never ceases to amaze me with how much she cares about others. We ask for prayers as Marie continues it get stronger and prepare for a second liver transplant. Thank you all who have helped ease the financial burden. We do ask if you have a moment to pass Marie's story along to others who may be able to donate a few dollars we would be forever greatful. GOD BLESS
Marie's story update via Detroit Free Press from 3/16/2014
Free Press Update
Marie Janus, a 23-year-old Monroe woman who had a liver transplant a year ago, is struggling and needs some help.
Marie is the mom of two small kids, and for no known reason, suddenly went into liver failure last year. She was lucky, and received a transplant at the University of Michigan Health System. The Free Press wrote about her in connection with a U-M campaign to add more people to the organ donor registry. Marie did well for a while after her transplant, but her sister, MeaChele Shumate, says Marie has been hospitalized for the last month. Doctors told Shumate that Marie will need a second liver transplant.
The family is caring for her kids, 1-year-old Willow and 3-year-old Spencer, and has established a fund to help cover the cost of Marie's medical expenses. Anyone who wishes to help can learn more online: www.gofundme.com/7alhqg. To read her story, go to on.freep.com/1dSgPVj.
"It adds up quick," says Shumate. "With some of the medication she needs, the co-pay is astronomical."
A fathers thoughts for today.
As i sit here and watch my daughter fight with everything she has to get well and back to her children, she never stops thinking of others, for when she has a good day she asks about friends and family and asks for prayers for all the little children over at Motts. But that's Marie always about others never her, I ask first for your prayers and second your donation even if its a quarter, a dollar she will have a long road with great medical costs and a single mom of two will be very grateful. This is her 33rd day in the hospital this stay. She has spent 94 days since her transplant over the last year. Thank you all who have joined us in prayer and all who could help with Marie's medical costs.
A grateful dad.
Message via Marie's Dad
March 6th and Marie had a good day at U of M hospital, she got to hold her son Spencer 3 and awaits the day she can be home to hold Willow her 1 year daughter. Marie still faces several more weeks in the hospital and we are busy fixing up her room with all the equipment she will need, for a successful recovery. The costs of many medicines are not covered for a transplant patient Every donation matters and your prayers are needed.
Thank You a grateful Dad
Hi everyone my name is MeaChele and I am the older sister to Marie.
March 26, 2013 Marie came home from her liver transplant
Exactly one year later.... March 26, 2014 Marie went home to Jesus
Her story in a nutshell.... Marie is a beautiful young mother of two who tragically had acute liver failure in March of 2013. When our family received the news we were devastated and were left praying that she would be blessed with a liver transplant. March 19th God blessed my sister with a new liver. Marie was the 2000th liver transplant at the University of Michigan Hospital. After the transplant she had a new lease on life. She was able to be a mother again to her children. Her eyes were full of life and love and she began to recover immediately. However a few months after the transplant complications started to arise. Marie experienced some serious infections and then slight rejection. Since her transplant she has made visits to the hospital every month and has been admitted each time. Her current stay has lasted a month. The family has kept a constant vigil at her side as other family tends to her children. The medical costs are overwhelming. Everyday I get the mail it seems another bill arrives. All I am asking is a few dollars to try and help offset the ever increasing costs. If you are unable to help at this time more pray warriors are greatly appreciated. GOD BLESS!!!!
I am so sorry for your families loss and truely heartbroken about it, she was always full of smiles, if I would have known about this sooner I would have made a donation sooner. Prayers to you and your family.