Marion family advocates for organ/tissue donation

The Marion Star | John Jarvis

Bev Hindman and her husband, Steve, have a garden in their backyard in memory of their daughter, Carrie Hindman-Merchant. (Photo: Matthew Hatcher/The Marion Star)

MARION – Carrie Hindman-Merchant’s family lost a loved one when she died Sept. 12, 2011.

Two other individuals regained their eyesight and dozens more gained an improved quality of life because of the decision the 35-year-old Marion woman made when she got her driver’s license at age 17 to become an organ/tissue donor, said Jessica Petersen, spokeswoman for Lifeline of Ohio.

Sitting on a chair on the front porch of her Jefferson Street home, Hindman-Merchant’s mother, Bev Hindman, said her daughter would have been pleased that her donation helped others.

“I just think she would be overwhelmed,” Hindman said. “She loved to give.”

Like family members of others who’ve decided to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths, Hindman has taken some solace during a time of grieving through her daughter’s gifts. Continue reading