Torch Run shines light on organ donation

Mansfield News Journal | Linda Martz

MANSFIELD­ - Six people whose lives have been touched by organ or tissue donation carried a Transplant Games of America torch to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital Wednesday.

The "Torch Run for Life" event was meant to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation, and highlight the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games that will take place in Cleveland June 10-15. The games take place every two years at different locations around the country, featuring recipients of transplants and donations.

"Right now in the United States, there are over 121,000 people waiting for a transplant. Every day in the U.S., 21 people die for lack of an available organ," said Dorrie Dils, chief clinical executive for Lifeline of Ohio, headquartered in Columbus.

In Ohio, there are 3,180 people waiting for a transplant at any one time, and hundreds more waiting for tissue transplants, according to Lifeline.

Ohioans can declare their intentions of donating organs or tissue when they renew their driver's license at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Dils said. Continue reading
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