Luke LaPine of Clinton County died in 2014. But due to his selflessness and forethought, more than 70 of his organs have been donated to people and saved at least seven lives all over the country.
“Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It gives a second chance at life to thousands of people facing organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives. But despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for organs and tissues is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation.” — DonateLifeOhio.org
But you can make a difference and save lives, through organ, eye and tissue donation.
According to organdonor.gov, last year alone organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another 1 million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.
Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. You have the power to change that.
• More than 123,000 Americans and 3,400 Ohioans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
• 23 men and women die each day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant.
• Every 48 hours an Ohioan dies waiting for a transplant.
If you think you’re not eligible to be a donor, remember: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor — even if you have diabetes, had cancer (but are cancer-free) or have poor eyesight (cornea donation).