A single organ donor can potentially save up to eight lives through the donation of the lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver and small intestine. One tissue donor can heal up to 50 others through the donation of tissue, including bone, tendons, ligaments, fascia, heart valves, corneas, skin, veins and nerves.
More than 28,000 organ transplants took place in the United States in 2009, giving those individuals a second chance at life. But there is still a need for more donors. Sadly, every day 18 men, women, and children die because a lifesaving organ did not come in time.
By choosing to be an organ and tissue donor, you let the light inside you shine on in others. Just one person can light up 58 lives or more through organ and tissue donation, and the light of those donations shines beyond each recipient to brighten the lives of everyone they touch.
As a community, we can make a difference to those waiting for their second chance at life, when we shine a light on the need for more organ and tissue donors. If you would like to make a hero's pledge and sign up to be an organ and tissue donor in the Ohio Donor Registry, say "yes" to donation the next time you visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles; call 800-525-5667 for a donor registry enrollment brochure; or register online at www.lifelineof ohio.org today. Please, let your light (and life!) shine on!
You have the power to offer the gift of a future to those in need. Be a hero. Be an organ and tissue donor. Join the Ohio Donor Registry. Donate Life!
Beth Hoffman, RN, BSN, is ICU nurse and Lifeline of Ohio liaison, Marion General Hospital. (pictured above)