Ambassadors of the Year
Stan and India Harris
Lifeline of Ohio is proud to recognize Stan and India Harris as Lifeline of Ohio’s “Ambassadors of the Year” for their dedication, service and commitment to sharing the Donate Life message. In their more than nine years of volunteering for Lifeline of Ohio they have collectively spent more than 440 hours in the community making a difference for those in need of a life-saving transplant. They have also mentored other volunteers and have inspired many to register as donors, paying Stan’s gift of life forward in honor of his donor and his second chance at life.
Stan and India have volunteered at health fairs, delivered funeral home appreciation gifts, worked at the Dash for Donation and participated in faith outreach, just to name a few opportunities. Stan has also shared his personal journey as a kidney recipient at special events, during media interviews and for special media projects. Their contributions are many, but one of their greatest gifts to Lifeline of Ohio is their leadership and support at the African American Male Wellness Walk, an event that welcomes tens of thousands of participants. In addition to representing us at meetings, they serve as Walk Day captains, who, in the early hours of the morning, can be found setting up our booth and staying throughout the event. Not only are they chatting with Walk participants and cheering people along the course while handing out Donate Life towels, but they build trust in the community with one-on-one conversations about donation that always leads to more people of color saying “yes” to donation. Their ringing of the bell has become an attraction each year at the Walk.
Lifeline of Ohio is grateful for the contributions the Harris’ have made to our Central Ohio community and are honored to work alongside them promoting organ, eye and tissue donation. Congratulations to Stan and India Harris!
Rookie of the Year
The best word to describe our 2022 Rookie of the Year, Peggy Bland, is dependable. After getting connected to Lifeline of Ohio in January of 2020, Peggy hit the ground running; a true feat, considering volunteer activities were nearly completely halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Peggy did not let that stop her or slow her down. In the short time that Peggy has been connected to Lifeline of Ohio she has already served 90 hours!
Peggy volunteers in honor of her late husband, Ron, who received two gifts of life, 18 years apart. Because Ron was gifted nearly 28 years with Peggy before his passing, she gifts her time and service in his memory, and in tribute to his two generous donors.
Whether it is attending community events, delivering items to the far reaches of our service area, or receiving frantic requests to help with last minute office projects, we know that if Peggy agrees to help with something we can consider it handled. She’s someone we can always turn to for help, and she’s never without a smile. Congratulations, Peggy! Lifeline of Ohio is so fortunate to have you on board.