In celebration of National Donate Life Month, several Northwest Ohioans will take a seat to take a stand on the importance of organ and tissue donation.
Life Connection of Ohio, the organ procurement organization that serves northwest and west central Ohio, is gearing up for its third annual 24-hour Donate Life Sit-in. The event will take place from Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m., through Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at WTOL, 730 N. Summit St., Toledo.
During the round-the-clock event, transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors and those who support the cause will rotate in and out of the Green Chair, the star of Life Connection of Ohio’s latest awareness campaign.
Local Green Chair volunteers include:
• April 17, 9:45-10 a.m., Hanna Treter, of Woodville, whose cousin died waiting for a heart transplant.
• April 17, 3:45-4 p.m., Carol Kominek, of Pemberville, a liver recipient.
• April 17, 9-9:30 p.m., kidney recipient Jason Conklin and his wife, Jennifer, of Gibsonburg.
• April 17, 9:30-1 p.m., kidney recipient Sarah Satkowski, of Oregon.
• April 18, 7:40-8 a.m., Annette Breno, of Oregon, mother of a heart recipient.
• April 18, 8:30-9 a.m., Kathy White, of Pemberville, an islet cell recipient.
The overstuffed Green Chair’s meaning is two-fold. When it is empty, it represents overwhelming sadness from the loss of someone who was waiting for a transplant that never came.
When someone is sitting in the Green Chair, it showcases a transplant recipient’s second chance at life. The tagline of the Green Chair Campaign is “Don’t let another chair go empty” because the more people who register as organ and tissue donors, the fewer empty chairs there will be.
The goal of the Donate Life Sit-in is to make that tagline a reality, and the timing of the event is crucial. Currently, there are more than 117,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, including 3,400 Ohioans. The organ shortage continues to grow at a staggering rate, as another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Sadly, 19 chairs go empty every day because the demand for organs far outweighs the supply. The good news: One person has the power to save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of 50 more through tissue donation.
For more information about organ and tissue donation, call Life Connection of Ohio at 419-893-1618. To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLifeOhio.org.
Hanna Treter, of Woodville, is among the volunteers who will donating her time to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation at Life Connection of Ohio’s 24-hour Donate Life Sit-in set for April 17-18 at WTOL in Toledo.
Kathy White, of Pemberville, islet cell recipient,
Sarah Satkowski, of Oregon, kidney recipient