Donations allows others to live

CHILICOTHE GAZETTE | Jeff Baron
Robin Buskirk holds a photo of her daughter, Katie Buskirk, who died in 2005 and was an organ donor. About 27 people benefited from Katie's donations.(Photo: Jess Grimm/Gazette)
CHILLICOTHE - Katie Buskirk is proof that some good can come out of even the worst tragedies.

She died at age 20 in 2005 in a motor vehicle crash. But she was an organ donor and donated tissue, bone, skin, veins and both heart valves so that others could live. Her mother, Robin Buskirk, said 27 people have benefited from her daughter's generosity.

"At 16 she decided to be an organ donor," Robin Buskirk said. "She didn't even ask us, and it made me really proud that she didn't."

Katie Buskirk's name was added to Lifeline of Ohio's new memorial, which is dedicated to organ donors. The memorial is located at the organization's office at 770 Kinnear Road in Columbus and replaces an older one on the property. Continue reading
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