Eighteen people die each day waiting for an organ; and for this reason, people of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors (“Donate Life”). Donate Life Ohio is a coalition of the state’s organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation and motivating them to join the Ohio Donor Registry (“About Us”). You should be an organ donor, because it gives you the power to donate life.
Organ donors have the power to donate life in a number of ways. The organs that are donated to patients give those patients a chance for a more healthy and normal life with their friends, family and community. Last year, approximately 8,000 deceased donors made possible for nearly 23,000 organ transplants. In addition, there were more than 6,000 transplants from living donors. More than 42,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants were performed in the U.S. last year; and each year, approximately 30,000 tissue donors save and heal lives (“Donate Life”).
Getting more donors, donations, and saving lives is the goal for Donate Life Ohio; but sadly, the need for donors outweighs the actual number of donors. You becoming an organ donor, could someday be the reason that someone else is able to live a happy and healthy life. Cornea recipient, Wonn tells Donate Life Ohio, “Many days my vision was so poor, when I looked at my children, all I could see was a huge blur. Now, each day is truly special and I never take the gift of having my sight restored for granted (“Donate Life”). Will you be a hero? Click here for more details on other ways that you can help support Donate Life Ohio.
Donate Life Ohio. You Have the Power to Donate Life. N.p.: Donate Life Ohio, 2014. Print.
“About Us.” Donatelifeohio. Ohio Department of Health, 2013. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.