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SHEILA AT BODEGA BAY

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I recently spent an overnight at a friend’s vacation rental house in Bodega Bay. The trip brought home just how close to the coast we are. I’m planning to make more day trips there to chill out with fresh seafood, waves and beach hikes.

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I also stopped by the Nicolas Green Bell Tower. It is a lovely thing and quite moving with all the bells donated by Italian families and organizations. It’s worth the trip.

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Nicholas Green (September 9, 1987 – October 1, 1994) was an Anglo-American boy who was shot and killed in an attempted car robbery while vacationing with his family in Southern Italy. Robbers mistook their family car for a jeweller’s. When Nicholas died, his parents chose to donate his organs. Five people received his major organs, and two received a cornea transplant. The incident is credited with generating a significant increase in the rate of organ donation in Italy.
A memorial bell tower (The Children’s Bell Tower) has been built in Bodega Bay in memory of Nicholas Green and all the children, using more than 140 bells sent to the Greens from individuals, families, schools, and churches all over Italy. The monument, set in Bodega Bay, where Nicholas and his family lived, has become a place of pilgrimage as well as a tourist attraction. The central bell, donated by the Marinelli Foundry, that has been making bells for the Papacy for more than 1000 years, was blessed by Pope John Paul II. It has the names of the seven recipients of Nicholas’ organs inscribed on it. The monument is the work of San Francisco sculptor Bruce Hasson.

Sheila Deignan

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