Sunbury resident Debby Rice remembers her father, Denny Hile, for his faith, positive attitude and words of encouragement. So when doctors told Hile that after receiving two triple bypass heart surgeries he was going to need a new heart, it’s not surprising he took the news in stride. Hile was placed on a waiting list for the transplant and he carried a pager for 21 months, waiting day after day for it to notify him a suitable organ donor had been found. “He never gave up hope,” Rice recalled. “He always talked about when, not if he would get his transplant.”
One little Washington C.H. boy has something in common with a celluloid hero. "He has a new infatuation with Rocky and Ian says 'I'm the little guy, but I'm a fighter and I'm a champ,'" said Stacey Sanchez. Stacey and Harold Sanchez are the parents of four children, one of which has dealt with more in his short life than most deal with in a lifetime.
The Need For Organ And Tissue Donors Right now, there are 105,508 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, including more than 3,000 Ohioans. Sadly, 18 men, women and children die every day in the U.S. because a transplant didn’t come in time.
Friends and family members remember Jeff Robinson and Maci Randall as selfless, giving people. Both Licking County residents were able continue to help others after their deaths by being organ donors. Randall, 17, of Utica, and Robinson, 48, of Pataskala, were killed in January car crashes. Randall died on Jan. 6, two days after she was injured in a car crash on U.S. 62. Robinson died Jan. 27, two days after a driver, who police say was fleeing a traffic stop, slammed into his vehicle on Ohio 79.
UTICA-- The halls of Utica High School were quiet Wednesday morning as students mourned the loss of Macine "Maci" Randall, a 17-year-old senior who friends said always made them smile.