Coffee With the Authors to Feature Terri Godwin - April 5
03/22/12

Calabash, N.C. gallery Sunset River Marketplace will hold its next Coffee With the Authors event on Thursday, April 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. The featured author will be Brunswick County’s Terri Godwin, author of “Natasha’s Joy: The Gift of Life for My Sister.”

The story chronicles Godwin’s own life changing experience that inspired her to donate a kidney to her older sister Natasha, who was suffering from renal failure due to complications of lupus. Doctors were treating her with an aggressive course of chemotherapy and a regimen of dialysis, but the time came when they knew a transplant was their only hope, and sister Terri volunteered.

African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Pacific Islanders are three times more likely than any other race to suffer from end-stage renal disease that often creates a need for a kidney transplant. The chances of an organ transplant being successful are improved if organs are matched between people of the same blood type.

Today, with Terri’s kidney (which they have nicknamed Joy), Natasha is a dean of students in the Durham Public School System. Without her sister’s gift, Natasha’s life of dedication to the education of young minds would likely have be cut short, and the loss would have impacted not just her own family, but the hundreds of students whose lives have since been touched by Natasha.

A volunteer member of the Washington Regional Transplant Community, Donate Life North Carolina and Carolina Donor Services, Terri travels the region visiting hospitals, clinics and driver education classes sharing her personal story dispelling myths about organ donation and spreading the message about the importance of being a donor. She continues to be amazed by the people she’s met along the way whose lives are touched by organ donation. She has been instrumental in various initiatives to increase awareness and educate the public about the need for organ and tissue donation. Her new book, a sequel titled "Living with Joy," will be released later this year.
Terri Godwin will talk about the sisters’ experiences and will also share her insights into organ donation.

There is no charge to the gallery event, but due to space limitations, reservations are required. Coffee, tea and breakfast sweets will be served during the presentation as well as the Question and Answer period that follows.

Sunset River Marketplace is an eclectic 10,000 square-foot art gallery that offers framing, art classes and many community programs. It is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. For more information, call 910-575-5999 and visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. To join the email list for the Coffee With the Authors presentation, send an email to: lassiter@sunsetrivermarketplace.com. Daily updates and special offers are listed on the gallery’s Facebook page.