Stories of Hope
BE A HERO
Ways to register.
Anyone can say YES to organ, eye and tissue donation. If you haven’t already said YES at the BMV, there are three easy ways to register.
Register online. You will need a valid Ohio driver license or state identification card.
Say “YES” at the BMV when you receive or renew your driver license or state identification card. You should also talk to your family about your wishes so they can help honor your decision.
Complete and mail a Donor Registry enrollment form.
Afatamah had always been in good health, never showing signs of any serious illness. So she was shocked to learn the itching on her hands and feet was caused by an autoimmune disease that had severely damaged her liver.
"I was listed for a liver transplant in September 2001. I was familiar with the concept but didn't know many details about transplantation," says Afatamah. "When the call came just one month later to tell me that a liver was available, it was surreal. I was speechless, it all happened so quickly."
Following the transplant, Afatamah felt an immediate renewed energy and has written to her donor family to express her gratitude for the gifts she was given, most importantly the gift of watching her family grow. Since her transplant, she has seen the birth of 10 great-grandchildren and celebrated eleven more anniversaries with her husband, Shaka.
"I am so grateful to my donor. I want to live my life to make him or her proud," says Afatamah. "Organ donation is such an amazing gift and I appreciate every additional day I've been given."