Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 3, 2013
Holiday Bonus

In past years, the holidays were known as a time when people might get a “Christmas Bonus” from their employers. It might have been a little extra cash, a turkey, movie tickets, etc. For some, that isn’t true anymore. But some people get that “Christmas Bonus” in the form of extra days because of a complete stranger.

As we approach the holiday season, it is a time to reflect and express gratitude; however; there is a gentleman, “Rob,” who expresses gratitude every single day throughout the year. He had a liver transplant a few years ago and now calls each day since his transplant a “Bonus Day.” He can tell you exactly how many bonus days he has had, even though they now number well over 1,000. He knows another family made the decision to say “yes” on a very tragic day in their lives. It was a difficult decision for them and he is determined to show his gratitude as he lives each bonus day.

Those bonus days have included such milestones as attending his kids’ high school and college graduations, the birth of grandchildren, extra “bonus” time spent his wife, and family vacations. He knows that if it weren’t for the decision of his donor’s family, he would not have these bonus days.

This year, as you reflect on what you are grateful for, remember that each day we have is a bonus. Live each day to its fullest, but make sure you are registered to help others when you have had your last bonus day. Say “Yes” at

Dixie Madsen

Public Education Supervisor

Intermountain Donor Services

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