As April is Donate Life month, I would like to thank the family that provided me with the greatest gift of all, the gift of life. Nineteen months ago, at age 23, I was given a new liver by an organ donor. Because of this generous gift, I have been able to return to nursing school, volunteer for Lifebanc (our area’s organ donation and procurement agency) and travel to Ireland to study health care.
I have truly learned the value of each day and have a new outlook on life. I am filled with joy and gratitude.
There is a critical organ shortage in Northeast Ohio and across the United States. My hope is that more people will join the Ohio Donor Registry at www.lifebanc.org or call 216-752-5433, 1-888-558-5433. Organ donation is the one unselfish gift that can save eight lives. My family is very grateful for the donor who saved mine, and I can now live a full, healthy life because of that single gift.
I hope that helped to raise a little bit of awareness of what one decision did for my life and has done for hundreds of thousands of other people’s lives as well.