A Woman You Should Know

For the past thirteen years, Lori Gaitten, of New Straitsville, Ohio, has touched many lives through her work at the American Red Cross.  As a donor recruitment representative in southern Ohio, she saves lives by organizing blood drives across the state.

Lori often helps families coordinate blood drives who want to give back after a loved one received the lifesaving gift of blood.  Last year, a high school principal contacted her about hosting a blood drive in her daughter’s name.  During the planning stages of the blood drive, Lori learned that eight-year-old Darby was in need of a kidney transplant. (more…)

Local Paper Calls Readers to Action

The Zanesville Times Recorder published a powerful editorial today that we wanted to share with you.  The piece was printed in response to the loss of Warsaw, Ohio resident, Sherie Burris Hunt, who died last week before she was able to receive a kidney transplant.  Sadly, 18 men, women and children – just like Sherie – die each day in the U.S. because a transplant didn’t come in time.

We were touched by the paper’s call to action: honor Sherie by registering as an organ donor.  If more of us took action to sign up in the Ohio Donor Registry, we could prevent the tragic deaths that occur due to lack of organ donors.  Lifeline of Ohio would like to thank the editorial team at the Zanesville Times Recorder for honoring Sherie and showing readers that by signing up as organ and tissue donors, lives can be saved.

You can read the editorial here.

Sharing the Donate Life Message

I think health fairs are great. You usually get some incentive for attending, perhaps a reusable shopping bag to carry the swag given out by vendors or, if you’re really lucky, a snack!

As a new Lifeline of Ohio employee, my incentives for attending health fairs are to educate the public about organ and tissue donation and to hopefully sign people up in the Ohio Donor Registry by sharing the Donate Life message. (more…)

A Valentine’s Day with Heart

By Sue Murphy, donor mom

Flowers, candy, cards and hearts. All of these things come to mind when one mentions Valentine’s Day. This year the word HEART is most important to our family.

Last Friday, my husband, Mike, I got to spend some time with our son’s heart recipient, Russ. Our son, Jason, was a registered donor and saved three lives after his death. For the last two years we have joined Russ and family members at OSU’s Ross Heart Center for a Valentine Party for all heart transplant recipients. What a happy time this is! (more…)