This Week Community News | Mark Dubovec
Members of the Frederick family dedicated a new rock garden April 12 at Lifeline of Ohio's Donor Memorial, 770 Kinnear Road, for their son, Billy, a 2002 graduate of Upper Arlington High School who died in 2004 at the age of 20.
After his death, his donated organs saved four lives.
The family placed a rock they had all signed at the garden.
"It was a doorstop in Billy's room," said his father, Bob Frederick. "We all thought it was an ideal thing to put in the garden."
The rock garden is the newest addition to the Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial, which was first dedicated in 2000. Billy Frederick is the first donor to be honored at the rock garden, but it is available to all donor families.
"We just thought it was a great idea," said Nina Frederick, Billy Frederick's mother. "Something I think will be very meaningful for us and other families."
Nina Frederick said the idea came from Lifeline of Ohio after she and her daughter-in-law, Jeanne Flowers, had donated the proceeds from a fundraiser to the organization.