CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Visual Donate Life quilts honor donation heroes whose single gift may have saved eight lives and/or healed the lives of 50 others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Donor families create memory squares and include pictures of their loved ones, quotes and meaningful symbols, making each panel unique. Individual donors featured on the twelve Lifeline of Ohio Donor Quilts have offered others the chance to survive and improve the quality of their lives as an organ or tissue transplant recipient.

Southeastern Med is pleased to honor the heroes of donation by displaying the Donate Ohio quilt. Each Lifeline of Ohio Donor Quilt is a visual testament to the human spirit that embodies organ and tissue donation.

The quilt is an on-going project for Lifeline of Ohio, the organ procurement organization serving 37 counties throughout central and southeastern Ohio and two counties in West Virginia. Since the concept was proposed in the summer of 1998, more than 300 families have contributed a “memory square” to a donor quilt. Some families constructed squares from articles of the donors’ clothing, baby blankets, or toys; while others incorporated photos, poems or original artwork to help tell the story of a toddler, a teen, a parent, or a grandparent. All donors are considered heroes to the hundreds of transplant recipients who are alive today because of the generous choice to donate in their death.

Lifeline of Ohio CEO Kent Holloway said casual passers-by cannot help but be captivated by the poignancy of each quilt’s life-enhancing message as it travels for public display throughout Ohio.

“The quilt is a vital part of our community education program,” said Holloway. “It promotes the human aspect of donation that is often overlooked amid the drama and technology of transplantation. We are so honored to recognize these individuals and families who said yes and shared the Gift of Life through organ, eye and tissue donation.”

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