DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – June 3, 2015 will mark one year since Sarah Rhoads, 24, died in a tragic plane propeller accident. On the eve of the painful anniversary, her father Larry Rhoads, says he finds comfort in knowing his beloved daughter lives on through the gift of life.
Sarah decided to become an organ donor when she got her driver’s license at the age of 16. Larry says she was always thinking of other people. Her family says she was able to save five lives through organ donation. Recipients received her liver, lungs, pancreas and kidneys. They say her heart went to a 50-year-old man who is the father of a young child who will now get to grow up with a dad. Also, Sarah’s corneas went to Ohio State for research.
Larry says they miss their daughter desperately, but take peace in knowing her legacy lives on. He says it’s his dream to one day meet one of the people who received Sarah’s gift of life. He encourages those who are not organ donors to consider becoming one, and for parents to talk with their teenagers about what it means to sign up to be an organ donor.