Local family travels to transplant games

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – In Ohio, more than 3,000 people are waiting for organ transplants and according to Donate Life Ohio, that shortage grows more than you would imagine.

Earlier this month, the Snow family, John and his daughters, Maddie and Marin of Centerville, traveled to Houston, Texas to attend the Donate Life Transplant Games, an Olympic style competition for organ recipients.

Three years ago, John made the decision to donate the organs and tissue of his wife, Kim, a civic minded philanthropist who died unexpectedly three years ago. John says his 38-year-old wife was adamant about helping others, so it was a given that her organs would be donated.

He said attending the games and seeing people, some of whom, without the donated organs would not be alive, gave him a different perspective.

Kara Steele, director of community services for Life Connection of Ohio, says John Snow has seen the gifts made by his wife’s donation. “He went to the games and saw because of people like Kim, people are able to live normal lives.”

“There are a lot of people who need organs, there is a good chance you will know someone who will need them some day, ” said John.

According to Donate Life Ohio, eight lives can be saved with organs and fifty more people can improve their health with tissue donation.  To find out more, www.DonateLifeOhio.net or your Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration office.


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