Tiny organ donor’s story spreads message of hope in Youngstown

WKBN | Lindsey Watson

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A baby’s short life was honored with an event in Youngstown to raise awareness and money for organ donation.

The Churchill United Methodist Church hosted the second annual Team Sophia Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction on Sunday to benefit Lifebanc, Ohio’s organ procurement organization.

Sophia Slifka passed away four years ago on the same day she was born, but her story is not just a sad one. It’s also about hope, life and love.

“Because she was full-term, she was 8-pounds 11-ounces, she was able to become a heart valve donor and that has brought us so much hope and joy,” said her mother, Deanna Slifka. “There’s a huge need across the United States, and Ohio as well, for organ and tissue donors.”

Over 3,500 people in the state are on the waiting list for an organ. Approximately 2,000 of them live in northeast Ohio.

“One donor has the potential to save 58 lives through everything that they can donate,” said Sophia’s father, Joe Slifka. Continue reading

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