We recently had the opportunity to interview Kathi Asid, who is setting up an amazing event in memory of her son Noah who gave the gift of life when he passed away tragically at 9-years-old. Please consider signing up for Noah's Ride!
1. What is your connection to donation?
My son Noah. When he had a fatal accident, we made the decision to donate his organs, so other families would not have to go through what we did: the loss of our precious family member. We donated so Noah could live on in others and to not have died in vain.
2. I heard you have a wonderful event in honor of your son. Can you tell us about the event?
Yes, we do have a great event coming up in memory of my son, Noah. Noah was only 9-years-old when he died but he loved to go for a ride on the back of a motorcycle. I wanted to do something in his memory and to also raise money for the Living Legacy Foundation, who were so kind to us during the worst time in our lives. The ride is around 80 miles long, and it goes through the Pennsylvania countryside. We make three stops, then end up at Goofy's Bar & Grill in Hanover, PA, where we do some door prizes and listen to the band. All vehicles are welcome, not just motorcycles! We had several pick-ups and convertibles last year come too! It’s a good time to spend with friends.
3. How did the event get started?
I wanted to raise money somehow in memory of Noah, to repay back all the kindness and support that the Living Legacy Foundation showed towards us at the worst time in our lives. I have never met so many people who are so kind and caring before in my life. I also believe that people need more awareness of organ donation and the whole process that surrounds it.
4. What advice do you have for other donor families for starting their own event?
I have very awesome friends that helped out with this event. Most of them ride motorcycles, and they know the importance of being an organ donor. You just need an idea and go with it. I just mentioned it to some of my friends and it took off from there.
5. What is the hardest thing about organizing an event like Noah’s Ride?
Getting a date for the event, and getting door prizes.
6. What is the easiest thing?
The easiest thing was coming up with the idea. It was a no brainer for me. I wanted to raise money for The Living Legacy Foundation in Noah's memory. I find that bikers have the biggest hearts when it comes to donating for a worthy cause. They may look tough on the outside, but they are all mushy on the inside, especially when it comes to children! God bless them!
7. What do you hope to accomplish from Noah’s Ride?
We hope to accomplish awareness about organ donation. I know that Noah's gifts have saved lives. I would also hope if Noah had been the one needing a heart, liver, kidneys, etc., that some kind person, in their time of grief, would step up to the plate and think of others.
8. If you could only explain one thing about donation to someone who knows nothing, what would it be?
I'd have to say that you're not just donating organs, you are donating the gift of life. In my eyes, it is the most selfless act that a person can do.
9. If I wanted to participate in Noah’s Ride, where can I go to register?
If you're interested in participating in Noah's Ride you can sign up at the Hanover Eagles between 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August, 16th. at 105 Park Street, Hanover, Pa. 17331.
10. And finally, could you share a memory of Noah with us?
I have so many wonderful memories of Noah. I can't choose just one. I can tell you that Noah loved life, from the time he was a baby until the day he died at the age of 9. He was always a happy boy, with a contagious laugh. Noah loved playing softball and soccer; he and his Pop Pop would play golf together since he was 3-years-old. He took horseback riding lessons and loved fishing, crabbing and target shooting. He road a camel, traveled, and went on several cruises. Noah always wanted to help and learn new things. He was a very smart boy, and he loved animals. He would always make you laugh. Noah lived a lifetime in his 9 short years. We all miss him terribly. It gives me some comfort knowing that Noah lives on in the people who received his gifts of life.
If you wish to participate in the Ride to Remember Noah, registration is on the morning of the actual event Saturday, August 16th, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m at:
Hanover Eagles #1406
105 Park Street
Hanover, PA 17331
$10 for a rider and $5 for a passenger. The stops include: Dockside Willies, Moe's, Dylan's and Goofy's.