So Many Lives Changed in 2010

As I look back on 2010, I am struck by the people who have been touched by organ and tissue donation.  They are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, neighbors and friends.  They are in every community, come from every walk of life and they give me a reason to go to work every day.  (more…)

Tuesday’s Tale: Unexpected Blessing

by Molly Pontius (heart recipient)

In February of 2007 I gave birth to my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy. It was the most wonderful day of my life. Seven short weeks after my son Jack was born, my life changed, again. (more…)

Emma’s “Ride of a Lifetime”

Emma Brown will start the New Year with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The 13-year-old Athens, Ohio resident will represent the donation community on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade Jan. 1. (more…)

Tuesday’s Tale: New Year, New Lease on Life

Jean Rosile received the ultimate Christmas gift a little early this year.  She had a heart transplant on Oct. 8, 2010 thanks to the generosity of a donor.  This holiday season, she will celebrate her second chance and start the New Year with a new lease on life. (more…)

Family Gathers to Celebrate Life

Seeing warm eyes and wispy hair above his brow, the Walker Family couldn’t believe how much the floragraph resembled their son and brother.  “It looks like a 3-D picture of him,” Pat Walker said of her son’s image. 

On Dec. 16, the family marveled at the floral photograph of Kirk Walker that will adorn the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1. (more…)

Can You ‘Stump the Educator?’

Working as a Community Educator I get asked lots of different questions about organ and tissue donation. There are some questions that come up on a pretty regular basis, but every now and then I’ll get asked something and I don’t know the answer.

Tuesday’s Tale – A New Purpose

By Sara Brown, Donor Family

I never thought my dad’s death would influence the career path I took in college, the opportunities I received and ultimately where I would end up working.  Thanks to my dad, five people received the “Gift of Life” – and I ended up with a purpose.  (more…)

Bee Merry

I love the holidays!  As you know, my mission is to encourage everyone to “bee” an organ and tissue donor and, during the holidays, I want everyone to “bee” merry too. 

I’m always looking for ways to spread joy so on Saturday I decided to buzz by the NBC4’s Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive to give back to the community I love!  I took along a swarm of Honey Bee dolls, hoping to bring sweet smiles to the faces of boys and girls in need in central Ohio. (more…)

Lifeline of Ohio Appoints Two New Board Members


Columbus, OH – Lifeline of Ohio is recently appointed two new members to its Board of Directors:

  •  Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA, surgical director, Heart Transplantation Program; director, Division of Cardiac Surgery; director Transplant Signature Program, The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Sue Jablonski, senior vice president and chief communications officer, OhioHealth (more…)

“We wish you a Merry Christmas…”

Last night I was honored to accompany our volunteers and staff in sharing some holiday cheer at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Each year, Buckeye GIFT invites anyone connected to donation to visit patients on the transplant floors at the Rhodes and Ross Heart Center. (more…)

A Heart-felt Holiday

Dozens of ornaments adorn a Christmas tree at The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Ross Heart Hospital to provide hope for those using mechanical heart pumps and waiting on heart transplants. In its second year at the hospital, the tree is a tribute to Tom Pandelos who died before he could have a heart transplant. (more…)