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.

A Hero’s Legacy

On Christmas Day in 1998, Joey Johnson, gave the ultimate gift. He saved five lives after he died suddenly at the age of 19.

“Christmas Day is usually a time of joy and celebration for our family,” said Bernetta Calloway, Joey’s mother. “But that day brought more sorrow than we ever experienced.” (more…)

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…)

A Pure and Simple Legacy

By Janie Scarborough, donor mother

I would like to introduce you to an incredible young woman, Sarah Jane Scarborough.  She is my only child and my best friend.  She brought more joy to my life in 24 years than most people experience in a lifetime. (more…)

Have a Little Heart this February

Everyone knows we celebrate love in February, but only about half of Ohioans will have a little heart this month. A little heart on their license, that is; declaring that they have registered as an organ and tissue donor. (more…)

“Let’s Talk” Level 2 Workshop, Columbus

Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 am- 12 pm

A more in-depth look at volunteering for Lifeline of Ohio. This workshop teaches you how to participate in health fair and group presentations. Participants must have attended a Level 1 general workshop prior to this session.

For more information:

Terri Louder 614-384-7375
volunteers@lifelineofohio.org

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Beautiful Life: Sophie’s Story

By Sue Sheridan, mother of Sophie, heart recipient

It was April 13, 2007, in the early morning hours.  I had taken my eight-year-old daughter Sophie to the emergency room.  We had just returned from visiting family in Savannah, Georgia.  Sophie had been sick and had trouble sleeping the last couple days of our trip, and she had gotten sick a couple of times on the long car ride home.  We decided to take her to the emergency room rather than wait until morning.  I expected a usual long wait and thought that we would hear that the thick Savannah air had aggravated an asthma condition we didn’t know about. (more…)