Fan Friday: Katie Thien

by Katie Thien, OSU Student and Lifeline of Ohio intern

I was on my way to meet the woman who saved my father’s life. Not only did Sue save my father’s life by being his living kidney donor, but she changed the lives of my entire family. I felt extremely anxious to meet her. What would this woman be like who committed such a selfless act for a man she didn’t know? After walking into Panera, I scanned the room for Sue expecting to find an angel or some sort of heroic figure. To my surprise, my eyes landed on a normal, average person, just like you and me. In that moment, I realized that anybody can be a hero and give the “Gift of Life.” (more…)

The Healing Gift of Tissue

As we approach Halloween, we see friendly skeleton decorations everywhere. But, have you ever thought about the incredible things bones can do?

Bone is the second most transplanted tissue in the world, second only to blood! Here are some of the ways bone donors can impact other lives after death: (more…)

Tuesday’s Tale: A Wish Unfulfilled

By Debby Rice

My dad wanted to be an advocate for organ and tissue donation after he received his heart transplant. His unfulfilled wish is what compels me to share our story – he died waiting for a second chance at life. (more…)

The People. The Tradition. The Excellence

By Mark Cortez, Donate Life Ambassadaor and OSU Alum

Such a great part of being a staff member of The Ohio State University is being able to actively promote and participate in events that allow this phrase to ring true.  As a graduate of The Ohio State University and now an Admissions Counselor I have the privilege of being able to say I am a true Buckeye for Life both at work and in the community. (more…)

Advance Directives Week in Ohio

Oct. 10 – 16 marks “Ohio Living Wills and Advance Directives Week,” as decreed by Gov. Ted Strickland.  Many Ohioans have not made known their choices in end-of-life care and this observance offers an opportunity to make wishes known.

In the state of Ohio, do not resuscitate orders, living wills, powers of attorney and organ donation intentions are all advance directives.  You can declare your legal intent to donate organs and tissues upon your death by clicking here.

We encourage all Ohioans to take the time this week to complete the necessary documents to direct their medical care after they can no longer communicate their wishes – then discuss those decisions with their families.  To learn more about living wills and advance directives, please visit the Ohio Hospital Association’s website.

TV Show Gets Donation Right!

by Erin Henry, community education coordinator

I will admit it…I watch too much TV. While indulging in my guilty pleasure, I often see story lines involving organ donation and transplants. Unfortunately, too often these shows are portraying myths or misconceptions about organ, tissue and eye donation. (more…)