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.
In 2012, Bobby, a musician with the band Kid Runner, noticed a friend was losing weight. Within a couple of months, after numerous tests, doctors came to the conclusion that his friend had a virus that was attacking his liver, and he was in dire need of a liver transplant. He was admitted to The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University and immediately put on a transplant waiting list, spending the following weeks in and out of the ICU.
“Several times I was notified that a donor had been found, and my friend was being prepared for transplant surgery,” said Bobby. “After several non-viable candidates, they finally found a match, and my friend underwent a successful transplant operation.”
Bobby’s friend, at thirty years old, had less than two weeks to live after being admitted to the ICU, but the liver transplant saved his life.
“I've always been a registered donor, but knowing someone whose life could have been cut drastically short showed me the positive impact and importance of donation,” said Bobby. “On behalf of my friend, please register as an organ, eye and tissue donor and give the gift of life."