By Morgan Mersy, liver recipient

Team Jordan in 2016

“I can do that. I can do anything.” Those are words said by my heroic donor, Jordan Ayers. He was right – he could do anything. He saved my life.

I was born with a rare genetic liver disease and always knew I’d need a transplant. Once I was in college, my health became worse and I was listed for a new liver. Thanks to Jordan, I received my life-saving transplant February 26, 2001.

Since my transplant I’ve been able to do so many things that wouldn’t have been possible without this gift. I graduated college, got married and became a mom. My son, Graham Jordan, is my best and most proud of accomplishment in the 16 years since transplant. I cannot thank Jordan enough for this beautiful life.

In 2004, I took part in my first Dash for Donation to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and to publicly thank Jordan for his gift. I look forward to the Dash every year and aim to create a bigger team than the previous year. “Team Jordan” means so much to me and to everyone who participates. But what means most to me is having Jordan’s family there with us. They come every year to honor their son and reflect on his incredible Gift of Life.

I hope you’ll join me on July 15 at the Dash for Donation in downtown Columbus! It’s an awesome day to take part in – if you can’t join us, please consider registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor today in honor of Jordan. I can’t thank him enough for my second chance.