The 4th 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 the person before them. Only after death has been declared does the potential for donation come forth.

Honoring Donation in 2022

While the need for registered donors is great, we do want to pause to thank the heroic donors in 2022 who saved and healed thousands of lives!

organ and 1.75 million tissue transplants were performed in the United States in 2022.
individuals in Central and Southeastern Ohio shared the gift of life through organ donation at the time of their death in 2022.
individuals in Central and Southeastern Ohio shared the gift of healing through tissue and cornea donation in 2022.
lives were saved by heroic organ donors in 2022.

4th Congressional District Registration Rates

The District’s donor registration rates are well above the state’s average:

Allen County – 63.7%

Ashland County – 66.5%

Auglaize County – 68.5%

Champaign County – 66.1%

Delaware County – 71.1%

Logan County – 67.5%

Hardin County – 63.7%

Marion County – 64.9%

Morrow County – 68.6%

Richland County – 62.7%

Shelby County – 64.6%

Union County – 70.9%

Wyandot County – 65%

The national registration rate is 50%, and Ohio’s state average is 60%.

Ohio Man Waits for a Heart

Jermayne Harris of Columbus has always been active. As a teenager, he ran track and was proud to quarterback his high school football team. However, at 26 years old he contracted a virus that severely damaged his heart. Although he manages a food truck with his father and recently got married, Jermayne’s activities are limited by the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) he’s connected to 24/7 that keeps his heart pumping while he waits for a transplant.

He has been on the national transplant waiting list for more than three years at The Cleveland Clinic – waiting for a second chance at life through the gift of organ donation.

Read more about Jermayne’s wait for a new heart.


Ohio Heart Recipient Advocates on Capitol Hill

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.