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Kaitlyn Thompson, Community Outreach Coordinator

On June 1, Lifeline of Ohio launched its latest campaign encouraging Ohioans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. The “Have You Said Yes?” campaign celebrates registered donors who said yes and asks them to share why they made the decision to register as a donor on a virtual wall of heroes. The online wall brings awareness to the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and thanks those heroes who registered their decision to donate in the Ohio Donor Registry.

Joni Hunter of Scioto County celebrates the heroes like her husband who were organ and tissue donors, and those like her own donor who provided the liver she needed to survive. Joni says it’s important to thank registered donors for saying yes because of the life-saving and healing legacy they’re choosing to leave.

“I’m very thankful my donor, a young 23-year-old, made the life-saving decision to register,” Hunter said. “I want to thank everyone in my community who said yes to donation. In addition, I’m proud my husband was able to heal others through the gift of tissue donation. I recently received letters from the recipients of my husbands’ tissue and it’s extremely heartwarming to know that his legacy continues to live on, helping someone else to live a full life.”

Registered donors can visit the wall of heroes at www.haveyousaidyes.org and leave a message describing why they said yes to donation. Posts also can be made via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#sayyesohio) and all respondents are entered into a contest with a weekly giveaway, such as tickets to a Columbus Crew soccer game.

Lifeline of Ohio hopes putting a face to the 56 percent of Ohioans who have said yes will bring awareness to the critical need for donation and inspire others to register their decision to donate. Say yes today when you renew your license at your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles agency or by visiting www.lifelineofohio.org.

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