In observance 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 second annual 24-hour Donate Life Sit-in.
The event will take place from Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. through Wednesday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. at WTOL, 730 N. Summit St., Toledo. During this 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.
Seven-year-old liver recipient
Local participants in the event include Annette Breno, of Oregon, mother of a heart recipient; Jake Saunders, a 7-year-old liver recipient, also of Oregon; and kidney recipient Kandy Takas, of Millbury.
The overstuffed Green Chair’s meaning is two-fold. When it is empty, the Green Chair represents overwhelming sadness from the loss of someone who was waiting for a transplant that never came.
However, 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 Donate Life Sit-in will make that tagline a reality. Currently, there are more than 113,000 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, 18 chairs go empty every day because the demand for organs far outweighs the supply. The good news – one donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 50 more.
For more information about organ and tissue donation, call Life Connection of Ohio at 419-893-1618. Register as an organ and tissue donor at www.DonateLifeOhio.org.