A hero lives on forever.  These are the stories of a few of those heroes who gave the ultimate gift.

Michael Casto

My son’s life came to an end at age 29.  None of his organs could be used, but I made the decision to donate his tissue.  I feel so much comfort knowing that he has helped so many others through his donation.

I miss him so much but I know that he lives on through others. Thank you Lifeline of Ohio!

Barbara Hefner

Harold “Shawn” Sayre

Harold “Shawn” Sayre loved life, adored his niece and nephews and all kinds of sports.  He especially loved baseball and was a fairly good pitcher on his Little League team and all through school.

His family dearly misses him and thinks of him as a hero of donation and transplantation.

His Parents,
Bonnie and Delmar

Bill Tibbs

Bill Tibbs was a teacher, a coach, a business owner, and a friend.

He was a track star in high school and college and a five-time Golden Gloves champion.

He loved politics, sports, history, and reading.

Bill loved life, but most of all, he loved his family. To him, his greatest accomplishment was marrying his college sweetheart and becoming a wonderful, loving father to their two daughters.

But at 7:30 a.m. on January 10, 2003, as Bill was driving to his teaching job, a drunk driver took his life. He was only 49 years old and looking forward to his 50th birthday.

Not a day goes by when we don’t think of Bill and how much we miss him. But we know in our hearts he will always be our hero and a hero to those who have a better life because of him.

Paul Tracy

My father, Paul Tracy, lived his life helping others, whether it was helping someone fix their car, helping someone move or just doing what was asked of him.

That is why our family decided to donate his organs. We wanted him to continue doing what he loved, and that was helping others.

Lori Clausen McDonough

Our daughter, Lori Clausen McDonough, died September 23, 1999, approximately five weeks before her 30th birthday. She was a beautiful young woman inside, as well as in appearance. She left behind her beloved husband, Mark; brother, Chris; sister, Shelley, parents, grandmother, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Lori and Mark met while attending Miami University of Ohio, and still have a large network of friends in the Ohio area. The autumn was her favorite time of the year. Shades of orange, yellow, green, and brown were her colors. She was born in the fall, married in the fall, and died in the fall.

I cross stitched a quilt square in her memory, and I think she’d be very pleased with the design. It is fairly simple with her name in large letters, with the dates of her birth and death beneath. In small letters, on each side, I placed the year she graduated from Miami (of Ohio) and the year she was married.

Five sunflowers, one of her favorite flowers, next to her maiden name represent our family: dad, mom, brother, sister and Lori. To the right of her married name, but still touching the Clausen nucleus, I placed one sunflower, representing her husband, Mark. As you can see, when Lori married, she didn’t get rid of her maiden name. I think this shows the depth of her feelings for her family.

Shortly after Lori and Mark were married, Lori became interested in bee hives, and had collected a few. The hive represents her newest hobby. The pumpkins across the bottom are birthdays, and parties, weddings, and beautiful memories.

Whenever I see a sunflower or pumpkin, I see Lori.

Amanda Suzanne Eckard

Kind, caring, compassionate, considerate, pretty, funny and loveable are just a few words that describe Amanda. She was so full of life in every aspect.

She had so many dreams and ambitions. Amanda was very friendly and outgoing. She never met a stranger. Every person she met became an instant friend. Amanda took great pride in everything she ever did.  One of her favorite things was to cheer. Now she will be in Heaven cheering for all of us.

Amanda was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. She shared her life with us for 16 beautiful years, and we thank God for allowing us the opportunity to have Amanda in our lives. She has deeply touched us all. She will always live in our hearts. Someday, we will all be reunited. Until then, not a day will go by that Amanda isn’t in our daily thoughts and prayers. She is truly missed.

JULY 26, 1983 UNTIL ETERNAL LIFE

WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, AMANDA!

Jason William Lizzi

1-4-72 – 5-22-97

A graduate of Huron High School, Huron, Ohio in June, 1990, Jason excelled in football during his high school and college years. He was a student at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio at the time of the murder. Jason was shot in the back of the head in a case of mistaken identity while driving his car in Columbus, Ohio, at 4:23 p.m. on May 22, 1997 and was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Jason was to travel to Canada within the week to play professional football for the Canadian Football Team.

ACHIEVEMENTS
Certificate of Nomination for nomination by his fellow peers in “Who’s Who” among American High School Students. This publication is the largest and more respected in the nation.

Jason received the MVP award twice during his college career.

He received the Outstanding Offensive Player Award in football in 1995 from Capital University who also honored him with the Varsity Award for intercollegiate athletics, and for setting a new record for Rushing Attempts in a season.

The “Certificate of Achievement” was given to Jason in honor and recognition as an elite college football star and he was selected to play in the National All-Stars Bowl, College Football Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. (April 10, 1997)

The All Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Award was given to Jason from the State of Ohio, First Team Offense, 1995.

Huron High School and Capital University have a “Jason Lizzi Award” which is given at the football banquet each year.

Jason was an organ donor and helped others live longer lives.