The 2nd Congressional District & Organ Donation


Top 3 Donation Takeaways

  • Only 1% of all deaths in the United States happen in a manner where organ donation is a potential.
  • Over the age of 18, if someone is registered, it is a legally binding decision. Next-of-kin can overrule the donation decision of someone registered under the age of 18.
  • Doctors do everything they can to save a person’s life. Only after death has been officially declared does the opportunity for donation occur.

Honoring Donation in 2023

While the need for registered donors is great, we do want to pause to thank the heroic donors who saved and healed lives last year in Lifeline of Ohio's service area.

individuals gave the gift of life through organ donation
lives were saved by heroic organ donors
tissue donors healed thousands
cornea donors gave the gift of sight to nearly a thousand others

Ohio Boy in Need of a Heart

The need for organ and tissue donation is great. More than 100,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant – 2,500 are Ohioans like Shaun, who is waiting for the gift of a heart.

Shaun is a 1-year-old who is currently waiting for a heart transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has been in-patient at the hospital since December 2023 and is on a Berlin pump until he can receive his transplant.

Despite his health challenges, Shaun is growing and even started walking recently! His story highlights the critical need for more organ donors.

The family has relocated to Columbus from Cleveland while he waits for his transplant.

Watch 10TV’s coverage of Shaun’s need for a heart.


Ohio Heart Recipient Advocates on Capitol Hill

Items of Note About Donation

District Donor Registration Rates

In the 2nd District, donor registration rates are mainly above the national and near the state’s average:

  • Adams County – 51.4%
  • Brown County – 58.1%
  • Clermont County – 67.5%
  • Clinton County – 61.2%
  • Fayette County – 59.2%
  • Gallia County – 54.2%
  • Highland County – 57.9%
  • Hocking County – 61.5%
  • Jackson County – 53.8%
  • Lawrence County – 52.3%
  • Meigs County – 60%
  • Pickaway County – 65.2%
  • Pike County – 55.9%
  • Ross County – 61.4%
  • Scioto County – 52.1%
  • Vinton County – 55.5%


CMS Letter RE: OPO Final Rule
Outreach in the Black Community

Black people are 3 times more likely to need a lifesaving transplant than any other ethnicity. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) of Columbus, Ohio is here to help.

The NPHC of Columbus, Ohio and Lifeline of Ohio are partnering to reduce the disparity and save lives in the Black community.

Click here to learn more about the Rooted in Life campaign.

Fact Sheet & Service Area
  • Ohio Organ Procurement Organizations
  • The national transplant waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant is rising at an alarming rate, with more than 100,000 people currently on the list.
  • In Ohio, more than 2.500 people are waiting for an organ transplant, and hundreds more await tissue and corneal transplants.
  • Approximately 20 times each day, an individual dies for lack of an available organ. Once every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting.
  • Last year, 46,632 organ transplants were performed in the United States. And more than 1.75 million tissue transplants were performed.
A New Way to Register Donors!

As of October 2022, Ohioans can now register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor when they renew their vehicle registration!

HB21 instructs the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to ask the donation registration questions with all new and renewed licenses or registrations. The bill also increases the amount license-seekers are asked to voluntarily donate to the Second Chance Trust Fund from $1 to $2. And it increases the annual contribution for the “Donate Life” license plate from $5 to $15.

All money from both of those goes to the Second Chance Trust Fund, which is used for educational and development programs on organ, eye and tissue donation.
Who is Lifeline of Ohio?

Lifeline of Ohio is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio serves 97 hospitals and facilities in 38 counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia and is designated as an organ procurement organization through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

How Does An Ohioan Register As A Donor?

Ohioans may declare their decision to become a donor by registering at the BMV or online.

The Ohio Donor Registry is an individual’s first-person authorization to donate the gift of life at the time of their death, if possible, through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Lifeline of Ohio encourages everyone to talk to their loved ones about their donation decision. When the next of kin knows their loved one’s decision at the time of death, it is one of the most helpful steps a grieving family can take to deal with its loss.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Encourages Ohioans to Register

Donor parents Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine share this very special message encouraging all Ohioans to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Their daughter Becky was a tissue and cornea donor who healed many through her gifts of donation.