Local students learn about organ, tissue donation

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Lifeline of Ohio provides program at Ohio State's Delaware Center June 28

Submitted by Rachel Lewis, Lifeline of Ohio Public Relations

On June 28, 2010, students at the OSU Delaware Center will learn that every person, no matter what age, can make a difference in the lives of others by registering as an organ and tissue donor.

A local heart transplant recipient will join Lifeline of Ohio Community Outreach Coordinator, Lauren Fitting, to present the program to students in Amy Tibbals’ English 367 class, “The American Experience” at 6:30 p.m. on June 28.

The course is an examination of “The American Dream” and requires students to conduct a service project with a nonprofit organization.

“The goal of our presentation is to inform students about the importance of organ and tissue donation and show them how our organization impacts the community,” said Fitting.

Students will learn what organs and tissues can be transplanted, how transplantation can impact the lives of others and hear personal stories from the presenters.

Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP) is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and coordinate the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving 37 counties in Central and Southeastern Ohio, and Hancock Wood counties in West Virginia. Lifeline of Ohio provides services to 71 hospitals through its transplant coordinators. LOOP’s clinical staff is on call 24 hours a day to coordinate the recovery and transport of tissue and organs for transplant.

Lifeline of Ohio offers educational presentations for professional, civic, church and social organizations, as well as elementary through college level school programs. These programs are offered year-round as a community service and are customized to meet the objectives of the particular audience. Printed materials regarding donation, as well as donor registry information, are also available from Lifeline of Ohio by calling 800.525.5667 or visiting the web site at:  www.lifelineofohio.org.