The Children’s Bell Tower
I went away with my dear friend Inna for a couple of days to Bodega Bay and while we were there we visited the beautiful and deeply touching Children’s Bell Tower memorial. It is a memorial to Nicholas Green, a young boy who was killed in 1994 when his family was holidaying in Calabria, Italy. Thieves mistook the family’s rental car for a jeweller’s car and attempted a robbery, and Nicholas was shot and killed as a result when the thieves opened fire. His parents then chose to donate his organs and this incredible generosity came to be known as “The Nicholas Effect”, greatly increasing the rates of organ donation in Italy. You can read more about this story here and here, because if I keep on writing, I’m going to be a blubbering mess again.