Donate Life Month: Sign up to be an organ donor
Every April during Donate Life month, the front plaza of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center becomes a beautiful tribute to the power of organ donation. Transplant recipients and volunteers from Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center and Lifeline of Ohio plant thousands of pinwheels, each representing a live-saving transplant performed at Ohio State since 1967.
In 2017, more than 8,500 pinwheels were planted! That's 8,500 transplants!
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.
You can save lives!
More than 3,100 Ohioans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant, while only 60 percent of Ohio residents are registered donors.
As central Ohio's only adult Comprehensive Transplant Center, we see daily how organ donation gives years of healthy life back to very sick people - often our neighbors and our Ohio State alums.
More than 118,500 Americans need a transplant. That's more than enough to fill Ohio Stadium.
Register to be a Buckeye For Life
There are many quick and easy ways to register to be an organ donor.
For iPhone users, you can use the iPhone Health app to sign up.
You can also sign up right now on our #Buckeye4Life page.
This article was first published on July 16, 2016.