The Donate Life Transplant Games of America Torch, which represents the continual flame of the gift of life and legacies left through organ, eye and tissue donation, made a stop in Fulton County last week.
The torch stopped at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) on Fulton Street in Wauseon Wednesday. The Donate Life Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style competition for transplant recipients, are coming to Cleveland in June.
In addition to staff from the BMV and Life Connection of Ohio, area residents whose lives have been saved through organ donation were on hand, including liver recipient Allison Herr, of Metamora, double lung recipient Tonya Gomez, of Archbold, and kidney recipient Larry Snow, of Wauseon.
“Despite the welcome to Wauseon with hail and rain, we managed to do a Torch Run around the Fulton County Administration Building to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation as well as promoting the Donate Life Transplant Games of America,” said Kara Steele, director of community services for Life Connection of Ohio.
There are 3,165 people in Ohio waiting for transplants, according to information from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Nationally, the number is 121,365. A new person is added to the transplant list approximately every 10 minutes.