Annual run for Lifeline of Ohio brings together families bonded by transplant

April Miles, right, of Columbus, hugs the daughter of her liver donor, Lily Bering, 12, of Columbus, second from right, as they meet for the first time before the Lifeline of Ohio Dash for Donation on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Genoa Park in Columbus, Ohio. Miles received her liver from Bering's father, Marine Corps Sgt. Travis Bering in January 2017. Also pictured is Bering's mother, Lyndsey Kemmerer, left. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]
In a sea of 3,300 people Saturday, two families met for the first time to remember one life ended and celebrate one life saved.

Standing on the stone steps outside COSI Columbus, 26-year-old April Miles and 36-year-old Lyndsay Kemmerer hugged liked old friends.

Kemmerer’s ex-husband and father to her two daughters, Travis Bering, died suddenly from a blood clot in his brain on Jan. 5. He was 37 and healthy, a retired Marine sergeant.

Hours after Bering died, Miles received a phone call from her doctor: A donor had been found. She was about to get a new liver. She didn’t know yet, of course, that it was Bering’s.

“He allowed me to live on by being a donor, but there’s a loss here, and his life is significant,” Miles said Saturday just before she walked in Lifeline of Ohio’sannual Dash for Donation 5K. “I’m just so grateful.” Continue reading

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