Encourage Your Community  |  April 9, 2013

In honor of Donate Life Month, organ donation centers across the nation are stepping it up to spread the word.   As part of their amped-up efforts, Lifeline of Ohio is asking for your help.   Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper about why donation is important to you.  As with the letter below, there’s a chance your letter could be published, and in turn, encourage your local community to donate life!  See the details here, and enjoy the touching letter below.


To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to let the community know that April is Donate Life Month, and how important being an organ donor is for someone waiting for an organ transplant.

I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is scarring of the lungs, in August 2011. There is no cure and no treatment for this disease other than a lung transplant.

I received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic on Oct. 21, 2012. I am very grateful to the individual and family who made the decision to be an organ donor, which allowed me to have a second chance at life.

I urge everyone to become an organ donor. It is such an easy process. You can answer “yes” to being an organ donor when you renew your driver’s license or you can go to lifelineofohio.org and register online to be an organ donor.

I am very blessed to have been given a second chance at life, and it is only possible because this individual chose to be an organ donor. Please consider becoming an organ donor today.

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