Sam has always been a hero to his son, Noah. When a tragedy happens, Sam becomes a superhero to many others. A Gift of Life: A Story of Organ and Tissue Donation is a sensitive picture book that honors organ and tissue donors. It shows how their final gifts change the course of others’ lives, and help their own families find meaning in their loss. 

Our Foundation is proud to have funded the recent publication of this touching picture book, by children's author Rachelle Burk, which follows a young boy after the loss of his father and his legacy as a hero through organ and tissue donation. 


Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Highlights for Children and Scholastic Science classroom magazines. The NJ author has traveled to 17 states to share the joy of reading and writing through dynamic school visit programs.


"A unique and meaningful story about a child learning to live with loss, while discovering the powerful, life-saving impact their loved one made through the gift of organ and tissue donation. Any adult supporting a child through loss and donation would benefit from this special book.” ~ Jacqueline Salvatore, MSW LSW, NJ Sharing Network

"Through its gentle narrative and vibrant illustrations, 'A Gift of Life' offers a clear and accessible understanding of the profound act of giving and receiving the gift of life. By delicately addressing the complex topic of organ donation with sensitivity, Rachelle is able to explain the importance of giving the gift of life in a way that is easy for young minds to grasp. This book will undoubtedly spark meaningful conversations about kindness, empathy and generosity. ~ Tara Storch, Co-Founder Taylor's Gift Foundation and Donor Mom

After experiencing the transplant journey firsthand, numerous families like ours struggle with survivor's guilt concerning our recipient children. This book eloquently provides insight into the events preceding our child's life-saving gift and explores the myriad of motivations of donor families. We deeply appreciate the thoughtful portrayal of the complete cycle of life in organ donation. It brings us much peace. Thank you for shedding light on this profound aspect of human generosity and compassion. ~Melissa McQueen, Founder - Transplant Families

"As a heart recipient of 28 years, I can attest to the power of this book in conveying the significance of organ donation, making it a must-read for anyone seeking understanding and inspiration in this journey of life and gratitude." ~ Kelly Perkins,

“A thoughtful and heartwarming resource for organ and tissue donor families and those touched by the gift of life…an inspiring story of hope and heroes for all ages.” ~ Amanda Tibok, Sharing Network Foundation


Our partners are encouraged to share this special book as an educational tool and grief support resource. Click here to submit a request for a discounted bulk order, or contact for more information.

Children’s Picture Book
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8990483101
32 Pages, $11.95
Reading Age: 4-10 years
Publication Date: April 9, 2024
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