Life's gift goes beyond recipient

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH | Letters to the Editor

Each time a person is able to generously share the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation, a life is healed. A family is preserved. A friendship is extended. The world is changed forever.

This summer, the ripple effect of donation will be on display at the Transplant Games of America in Cleveland, June 10-15. Those who have received gifts of life and healing will compete in events designed to showcase that transplantation works — the athletes have a second chance because someone said “yes” to donation.

April is Donate Life Month, and we encourage readers to start their own ripple and register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. That simple act gives hope to the 123,000 Americans waiting for a transplant.

Every day 22 men, women and children in the United States die for lack of an organ donation. By joining the Ohio Donor Registry, one has the potential to save eight lives through organ donation and enhance more than 50 lives through tissue donation. There is no cost to donate and medical care will never be compromised because of one’s status as a donor.

Those interested can register at their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles, go online to, or call 800-525-5667 with questions.

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

Kent Holloway
Chief executive officer
Lifeline of Ohio
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.