My First Health Fair

Donate Life Ambassador and kidney transplant recipient, Judy Jackson, recently volunteered at her first health fair! All of our ambassadors go through training to learn the facts about donation and help central Ohioans make educated decisions about the “Gift of Life.”  Judy put her knowledge to good use at our booth during the 10TV Health and Fitness Expo.  She was excited to share her story and register five new organ and tissue donors. Below are her reflections on the experience:

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Back to School with New Supplies

There are few things more exciting to me than new school supplies. A brand new notebook with blank pages and fancy pink pens are some of my favorite things about a new school year. Okay, maybe there are more exciting things, but I like school and office supplies, what can I say?

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

By Rob West, Liver Recipient

Have you ever asked yourself how you would do things differently if you were given a second chance? This was something I never asked until about two years ago but now I am living out the answer to that question. (more…)

I am Humbled by the Gift of Life

By Diane Tefft Young, lung transplant recipient

Reflections on receiving a lung transplant:

In late autumn 2004, I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This typically fatal restrictive lung disease involves the progressive scarring and subsequent stiffening of the lung which causes breathing to become increasingly more difficult. Although I became tearful when I heard the diagnosis that I would live for only three to five more years – in that moment the time span appeared to be lengthy. (more…)

Aug. 1 is National Minority Donor Awareness Day

August 1, 2011 is the 15th annual National Minority Donor Awareness Day.  The nationwide observance is an opportunity to educate minorities of the desperate need for donation and transplantation within the multicultural community and how to register to be a donor.  (more…)