The organization responsible for these hearts is The Peyton Heart Project, The name on mine is Sean Michael Flynn and he committed suicide at the age of 18. I googled him and found his obituary. There, in his red cap and gown, a smiling graduate with his whole life ahead of him. Three months after that moment was captured he was gone.
I don’t pretend to know his experience or what caused him to take his own life. I do know that after it became clear that my sight would not be fully restored I asked myself over and over: Can I live the rest of my life like this? I voiced this to those closest to me. This question never led to a plan, it never went any further. But it stayed with me for a long time until one day it was gone.
I’ve hung the heart and tag on the electronic magnifier I use to read. It reminds me every day of this young man whose heart now has a place in mine.
To find out more about The Peyton Heart Project, click here.