Be a Buckeye for LIFE!

The 'Buckeye Nation' supports organ and tissue donation. Register your decision as an organ donor at the Ohio BMV website:

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Pinwheel Garden

Pinwheel Garden

Each April during Donate Life month, volunteers from the Comprehensive Transplant Center and Lifeline of Ohio plant a pinwheel garden on the front plaza of Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. 

7,900 pinwheels will be planted this April, each representing a lifesaving transplant performed at Ohio State since 1967. Volunteers are welcome to assist with the pinwheel planting Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

Each pinwheel has eight spokes supported by one stem, symbolic of the power of once person to save up to eight lives through organ donation and the gift of life!

Watch the NBC4 Live Broadcast

Watch the NBC4 Live Broadcast

Watch the NBC4 live broadcast of:

'Organ Donation: Your Gift; Their Hope'
Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

This half-hour special will include leaders from Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center and personal stories about organ donation and transplantation.
Why Choose to be an Organ Donor?

Why Choose to be an Organ Donor?

More than 123,000 Americans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant today. They are waiting for someone like you to say “yes” to donation. Registering with the Ohio Donor Registry means that upon your death, you legally authorize to donate organs, eyes and tissue that could save up to eight lives, give sight to two and heal 50 more.

Transplantation is now considered a standard medical treatment for a wide variety of conditions, but unless you register to be a donor, the use of your organs and tissue for lifesaving transplants may not be possible. It’s often not comfortable to consider your own death, but this single decision can create a lasting legacy of life.

Together, we can be Buckeyes for LIFE!

Understanding the Need

Understanding the Need:

Understanding the Need:

Not every death results in donation; statistically, fewer than 300 Ohioans a year become organ donors at the time of their deaths. With more than 123,000 Americans in need of a lifesaving organ transplant, the number of patients waiting significantly outpaces the number of organs available.

Download our E-book to understand the need for organ donation:

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Organ Donation Facts

Organ Donation Facts:

Organ Donation Facts:

There a many myths surrounding organ and tissue donation...get the facts!

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Three Ways to Register

Three Ways to Register as an Organ Donor:

Three Ways to Register as an Organ Donor:

Visit the BMV

Say "yes!" to being an organ donor when obtaining/renewing your Ohio Driver's license/State I.D. card.

Register Online

Register your decision online at the Ohio BMV.

Be a Living Kidney Donor

Become a Living Kidney Donor:

Become a Living Kidney Donor:

The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney is to receive one from a living donor. You can choose to be a living kidney donor and donate one of your kidneys to someone in need while still living.

Donor Stories

Anthony's Story

Two mothers, friends for over 30 years, are bonded by more than friendship as one mother donates her late son's kidney to her friend's ill son at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center through directed donation.

Patty's Story

Meet Lisa Hawley. Her mother Patty Bruck was outgoing, gregarious, a die-hard buckeye fan - a person full of life. That life was cut short at age 46 by a brain aneurysm. A registered organ donor, Patty donated both her kidneys, liver and heart.

Mike's Story

Meet Linda Corea. Her son Mike was born with a liver condition, receiving a transplant at age 13. After an accident before graduation from OSU, Mike became one of a handful of people to be both an organ recipient and organ donor.

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