Mother shares son's organ, story to promote donation

Sharon, left, and Shot Reid's son Steven Reid died in 2014. Steven Reid was an organ donor and his organs went to five different people. His name was added to Lifeline of Ohio's new memorial dedicated to organ donors. The memorial is located at the organization's office at 770 Kinnear Rd. in Columbus.(Photo: Matthew Berry/Eagle-Gazette)

Lifeline of Ohio honors organ donors

LANCASTER - Steven Reid died in 2014, but his mother, Sharon Reid, can still hear her son's heart beat.


That's because he donated his heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys after his death so others could live. HIs donation benefitted five people, including a man who received his heart. Sharon Reid later met the man.

"I got to hear Steven's heartbeat," she said. "I just wanted to hear Steven's heart beat."

Steven Reid, 51, died when he was punched in the head while he was riding his bicycle. Travis Burnett was convicted of reckless homicide in the case and is serving three years in prison.

Steven Reid's name now adorns Lifeline of Ohio's new memorial, which is dedicated to organ donors. The memorial is located at the organization's office at 770 Kinnear Rd. in Columbus and replaces an older one on the property.

"It has a remembrance room with all the donors' names," Lifeline of Ohio spokeswoman Jessica Peterson said. "It's designed to feel like an embrace when you walk in." Continue reading
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Dean Poole holds his grandson, Cody Dean, named after his son, Dean who died in a car crash in 2011. Poole has a photo if his son tattooed on his arm he proudly showed off at Lifeline of Ohio's event unveiling their new memorial to organ donors. Poole II, who donated his organs, was honored that night. Jessica Phelps/The Advocate