There are periods in one's life when the unexpected occurs, but when one of those times results in the loss of your only child, then it causes more than grief and pain - it feels like the end of the world and your whole life takes on a new dimension.
On October 2, 2005, Westgate employees Trib and Jasmin Persaud became the most uncomfortable, sad and dejected family when their 21 year old son Anand died as a result of a car accident just five minutes from their home in Clermont, FL. Their son was kind, lovable and one whose passion for life and making people happy made him the apple of many eyes wherever he went.
Anand's chapter in life came to a close after all attempts failed and he was pronounced brain dead; but he instantly became a hero as his passion for life, his giving, sharing and supportive nature motivated his parents to say "yes" to organ donation. His organs were given to six wonderful recipients - giving them each a second chance at life.
The Persaud's son's love for mankind and precious gift of life paved the way for their involvement in the selfless act of organ donation. Their story of Anand and the organ donation journey never gets old, and is always refreshing to the ear and pleasant to the heart.
Seeing the tremendous impact of organ donation, the Persaud's have developed a passion to seek meaningful ways to educate, spread and bring knowledge, comfort and hope to families and recipients across the world on giving the gift of life. They have had the opportunity both locally and nationally to touch lives and interact with a number of donors, recipients and organ donation professionals. Therefore it was the Persaud's desire that the Westgate family also become aware that we all have the power to "Donate Life" because as Jasmin's so lovingly said, "What a waste it would have been, had we not donated Anand's organs."
y this summer, 6,000 employees at 27 different Westgate Resort locations nationwide will have seen a video highlighting the Persaud's inspirational story and been given the opportunity to register as organ donors in their respective states of residence.
Westgate Resorts is proud to be a Partner for Life in support of those who have so unselfishly donated and for those who are awaiting a life-saving miracle.