By: Kaitlyn Thompson, Lifeline of Ohio community outreach coordinator
Strands of lights, festive carols, presents and time spent with friends and family are all ways people across the country ring in the holidays. But this Season of Giving, Lifeline of Ohio is asking you to consider registering to give a greater gift: The gift of life.
For one Columbus family, whose nine-year-old son is waiting to receive the gift of life, the holidays are uncertain. Sam Williams is currently one of the more than 120,000 people waiting for his life-saving transplant - his a pancreas, liver and small bowel. As he waits, Sam’s still a normal boy who loves playing outside, drawing his favorite characters, bike-riding and skateboarding. Mom Mallory says she plans to take time this December to give thanks to her community for supporting her little boy.
“Many don’t understand how we find things to be thankful for in a time like this,” Williams said. “However, during this season of giving, I believe we are lucky. We are thankful for the time we’ve spent with Sam and his little sister Brooke, and we hope a donor’s gift becomes available so we can have many more years of family memories.”
Williams also says it’s the giving nature of registered organ donors who provide hope that Sam will receive his gift in time.
“We also thankful for you - for registered organ donors,” Williams said. “Many don’t understand the dire need for organ donation but registered organ donors renew our confidence. You’ve saved Sam’s life once with his first liver transplant in 2005, and we know you’ll do it again!”
There are many people who give hope to families like the Williams, but this holiday season, Lifeline of Ohio sends a special thank-you to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) partners. In Ohio, approximately 95 percent of registered organ, eye and tissue donors said yes to donation at the BMV, and it is the diligence of every clerk that makes this process successful. The organization encourages Scioto county residents to thank the clerk behind the counter at their local Deputy Registrar agency for their hard work.
“BMV clerks are an integral part of the donation process and many lives have been touched because of their dedication,” said Lauren Fitting, Lifeline of Ohio’s partnership coordinator. “We will be honoring the BMV with a rose on the 2014 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade for their role in saving lives.”
You can give the gift of life by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor at your local BMV agency or at www.lifelineofohio.org. Say yes this holiday season and take time as you gather with family and friends to discuss your wishes.