Give the gift of life; donate an organ

One choice can create a wide ripple of change, much like the decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Each time an individual is able to generously share the gift of life, a person is healed; a family is preserved; a friendship is extended; and the world is changed forever.

This summer the ripple effect of donation will be on display for the nation to see at the Transplant Games of America to be held in Cleveland, June 10 to 15. Those who have received gifts of life will compete in competitive events designed to showcase the miracle of organ, tissue and cornea transplantation. The athletes have a second chance because someone said “yes” to donation.

Have you said “yes” to donation? This April, National Donate Life Month, we encourage you to start your own ripple effect and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. That simple act gives hope to the 123,000 Americans currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Every day 22 Americans – men, women and children – die for lack of an available organ for transplant. By joining the Ohio Donor Registry, you have the potential to save eight lives through organ donation and enhance more than 50 lives through tissue and cornea donation. There is no cost to donate and your medical care will never be compromised because of your status as a donor.

Signing up is easy. You can register at your local BMV, go online to www.lifelineofohio.org, or call 800-525-5667 with questions.

The ripple starts with one generous act that changes countless lives and creates endless possibilities. It can start with you.

Kent Holloway,

chief executive officer

Lifeline of Ohio,

Columbus