Letter to the editor: ‘More than 3,000 people are waiting’


Did you know that 22 people die every day waiting on a life-saving transplant?

Did you know that one organ donor can save the lives of eight people and enhance the lives of 50 people?

Did you know there are more than 123,000 Americans waiting on a live-saving transplant?

Did you know that, in Ohio, more than 3,000 people are waiting?

If you have questions or concerns about organ, eye and tissue donation, call Lifeline of Ohio or visit lifelineofohio.org. You can visit your local BMV, which is the first step but you also must register online at Donatelifeohio.org. Then you must tell your family of your wishes of being a donor.

I would like to thank everyone who has already said “yes” to donation, and encourage those who haven’t to please consider to register.

As for me, I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t register to become an organ donor. I believe we should help each other. We never know when we or one of our family members could be in need of a life-saving transplant. Wouldn’t we have hoped that someone said “yes” to donation?

I’ve been writing letters to the editor for a few years now, and will continue to write to help spread awareness that April is National Donor Month. During April, there is National Blue & Green Day. Wearing green and blue that day shows your support of donation. Also, volunteers go to local BMVs to thank them for their support of donation.

Eight thousands pinwheels were planted on the lawn at the OSU Wexner Center. Each pinwheel represents a life-saving transplant performed at Ohio State.

A torch is being carried through different communities to raise awareness for the transplant games being held in June in Cleveland. The donors of donation make the games possible. The torch will be carried here in Delaware on April 29. I was asked to participate that day. I said, “Of course, I’ll be there.” You see, that is the date my beautiful daughter left this earth and become a hero of donation.

Betsy saved four lives with her gifts. Because of Betsy, a small girl will someday grow up to become a mother.

Betsy was only 23 years old when she passed away and never got the chance to become a mother. Betsy’s gifts will live on for generations to come.

I also want to let you know that the “Dash for Donation” will be coming up in July. My family and I will be there, handing out red Tootsie Pops in honor of Betsy. Every year we hand out a thousand suckers in her memory. They were Betsy’s favorite suckers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I hope that at least one person is moved to register to become a donor.

Cindy Kuba



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