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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.

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Register online. You will need a valid Ohio driver license or state identification card.

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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.

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Complete and mail a Donor Registry enrollment form.

Jessica's Story

Jessica Multivisceral Transplant Recipient

"... and that is the beginning of the rest of my life."

Jessica was only 16 years old when she became symptomatic of what doctors would discover to be Progressive Autonomic Failure, a rare disease that results in pseudo-obstruction of the intestinal tract. There is no cure for the rare disease; instead, it is managed through symptom control. Jessica was distraught, but was eventually able to come to terms with and understand her diagnosis. Organ transplantation was suggested to Jessica the night before being discharged from the hospital with palliative care measures. Jessica was only 24 years old. After deciding that organ transplantation was her only hope, Jessica contacted a transplant surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA.

“I began the work up to receive a multivisceral transplant,” said Jessica. “And that is the beginning of the rest of my life.” Jessica underwent a multivisceral transplant procedure, which included a successful transplant of the intestine, liver, pancreas and stomach. The organs she received came from two donors, who selflessly made a decision that saved Jessica’s life.

Today, Jessica considers herself as not just surviving, but living life with her husband and family. She works full-time and attends school, and plans to eventually pursue her Master’s Degree in Human Donation Science. “If it wasn’t for the awesome gifts of life that I was blessed with, I wouldn’t be here today and none of this would be possible,” said Jessica. “I was given the most incredible second chance and thank my organ donors and their families every day for that opportunity! They are the true definition of 'hero.'”

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Your decision to register as an organ, tissue and eye donor can be the answer to someone's prayers.

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