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NBC4 Live Television Broadcast of "Organ Donation: Your Gift, Their Hope"

NBC4 Live Television Broadcast of "Organ Donation: Your Gift, Their Hope"

Hosted by news veteran, Gail Hogan this live television broadcast aired April 2 and included leaders from Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and Lifeline of Ohio as well as patient interviews that educated and inspired.

Featured patients included Marcus Bozeman, heart transplant recipient and kidney donor; Morgan Mersy, liver transplant recipient; and Rick Johnson, kidney transplant recipient celebrating his 32nd transplant anniversary. The special also discussed medical advances in transplantation allowing more and more people to live longer and healthier lives after an organ transplant. It’s also about organ donors…those who give the "gift of life" at death and those who step up to be living organ donors. The transplant process has a profound effect on everyone involved - lives are changed and forever bonds are forged between strangers.

Annual Pinwheel Garden

Annual Pinwheel Garden

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

This April 7,900 pinwheels were planted, each representing a lifesaving transplant performed at Ohio State since 1967. Each pinwheel has eight spokes supported by one stem, symbolic of the power of one person to save up to eight lives through organ donation and the gift of life!

Pinwheel Flag Honors Organ Donors

Pinwheel Flag Honors Organ Donors

As central Ohio’s only adult transplant center, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is committed to raising awareness for organ donation.

To recognize each individual who gives the extraordinary “gift of life” upon their death at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, our pinwheel flag will be raised on the front plaza of Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center in their honor.

The ever-turning pinwheel symbolizing the “gift of life” has eight spokes supported by one stem, representing the eight lives potentially saved by one hero’s decision to be an organ donor.

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

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 exceeds the number of organs available.

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Organ Donation Facts

There are many myths surrounding organ and tissue donation. Get the facts!

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Three Ways to Register

Visit the BMV

Say "yes!" to being an organ donor when obtaining or 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

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 and a die-hard buckeye fan - a person full of life. That life was cut short at age 46 by a brain aneurysm. As a registered organ donor, Patty donated her liver, heart and both kidneys.

Mike's Story

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

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