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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.

You Can Help

Your $1 Contribution Can Give Hope to Thousands of Ohioans

The Seconds Chance Trust Fund was founded in 1997 to support projects that raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation throughout Ohio. Establishing the Ohio Donor Registry and supporting the coalition or organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies that make up Donate Life Ohio is one of those projects.

The Second Chance Trust Fund is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health, but no tax funds are used by the fund. Optional $1 contributions collected at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles are used to support donation education in Ohio and to give hope to thousands of Ohioans waiting for transplants.

Awareness-building projects supported by dollars contributed to the Second Chance Trust Fund include: 

Environmental portraits shot by Colin McGuire of recipients and donor families for Fahlgren Mortine/Donate Life Ohio. White seamless portraits shot by Anita Kowalski of recipients and donor families for Fahlgren Mortine/Donate Life Ohio. Shot on location at a home residence in New Albany, Ohio.
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Driver education curriculum regarding organ, eye and tissue donation.

Education

Statewide organ, eye and tissue donation curriculum for high schools.

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Statewide media campaigns.

Contribute to The Fund

Please consider donating $1 the next time you visit the BMV to apply or renew your Ohio driver's license or state I.D. Your contribution will help continue the work of the Second Chance Trust Fund and give hope to those awaiting a second chance at life.

You can also make a check payable to The Second Chance Trust Fund and mail to: Ohio Department of Health, SCTF, Attention Debra Smith 246 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215. No tax funds are used by the Second Chance Trust Fund.

Show Support

You can also buy Donate Life Ohio license plates to display on your vehicle and show the world your commitment to the cause. These special plates cost only $15 additional, with $5 going directly to the Second Chance Trust Fund.

Ohio Donor Registry

In December 2000, Governor Bob Taft signed Senate Bill 188, which created the Ohio Donor Registry to make it easier for Ohioans to make a personal commitment to organ, eye and tissue donation. The Second Chance Trust Fund works in partnership with the BMV to increase knowledge about the registry and to increase the number of Ohioans who join the registry.

Members of the Second Chance Trust Fund

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Jennifer Dorrell

Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium

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Marilyn Pongonis

Public Member

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Shannon Schweitzer

Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio

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Laura Stillion

The Ohio State University, Ohio Hospital Association

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Senator Dave Burke

Ohio Senate

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Nicole Jackson

Community Tissue Services

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Debra Smith

Ohio Department of Health

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Kara Steele

Life Connection

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Representative Derrick Merrin

Ohio House of Representatives

Contribute to The Fund

Please consider donating $1 the next time you visit the BMV to apply or renew your Ohio driver's license or state I.D. Your contribution will help continue the work of the Second Chance Trust Fund and give hope to those awaiting a second chance at life.

You can also make a check payable to The Second Chance Trust Fund and mail to: Ohio Department of Health, SCTF, Attention Debra Smith 246 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215. No tax funds are used by the Second Chance Trust Fund.

Second Chance Trust Fund

Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Email: SCTF@odh.ohio.gov
Phone: 888-745-1511; 614-644-8492
Fax: 614-564-2409

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About Donate Life Ohio

Donate Life Ohio is a coalition of the state's organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation and motivating them to join the Ohio Donor Registry.

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Donate Life Ohio Resources

Get more information on how you can support donation via speakers, materials, helpful links and more.

Change a Life With One Choice

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

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