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.
Due to a shoulder injury, Willie needed to take anti-inflammatory medications for several years. Eventually, his pharmacist became concerned and urged him to have a physical exam before continuing with those medications.
Willie visited his doctor on July 4, 2003, and an exam revealed that both of his kidneys were failing as a result of side effects from the anti-inflammatory drugs. Willie immediately began home kidney dialysis and continued this for more than a year. He then received dialysis in the hospital for the next three years and was eventually placed on a transplant list.
Willie waited 13 months and on November 13, 2006, he received the news that there was a potential match for him in Toledo. Doctors fought valiantly to save Roxanne, a young woman who had suffered a brain aneurysm, but when those efforts failed, her family chose to donate her organs.
She and Willie were a match. A staunch advocate for donation, Willie says, "You're giving someone a second chance. It's a generous gift and it's the best thing in the world."