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The season of giving brings friends and families together for quality time, gift-giving and merry celebration. For those waiting, they’re hoping for a shining gift that won’t be wrapped under the tree or in a pretty box – they’re waiting for a second chance at life.

Right now, more than 120,000 Americans and 3,400 Ohioans are on the National Waiting List for a life-saving organ transplant. Unfortunately, not enough people are registered to donate critical live-saving and healing gifts to restore their lives. Myths, such as the fear that emergency room doctors won’t save your life if you’re a donor, or misconceptions like worrying that donation will change funeral plans, prevent people from registering as donors.

Transplant recipients, organ and tissue donors, and living donors will celebrate the end of the season of giving as they “Light Up the World” on the 2014 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade. They will shine a light on the power each registered donor has to give the gift of life. As you tune in to the parade coverage from California on New Year’s Day, I hope you look out for the inspiring Donate Life float and the beacons of hope that bring awareness to donation.

You too can bring joyous hope to those waiting this holiday season. Say yes to donation today, and as you join with your loved ones for holiday festivities, have a discussion about your wishes. Register to save lives at your local BMV agency or online at www.lifelineofohio.org.

Give the ultimate gift this year - say “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation.

Kent Holloway, CEO, Lifeline of Ohio

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